Best Poems on the Underground

Best Poems on the Underground

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The now familiar poem posters first appeared in London's tube and underground trains in 1986. The idea was simple enough: why not convert the empty advertising space above the passenger's heads into a simple celebration of the poetry that has underscored English literature for a thousand years or more? The poems soon caught the public's imagination. Here on the trains there was at last something different, words to soothe, inspire, move, charm, surprise, arouse, even occasionally to shock, but never to sell. The programme grew, and attracted international attention, so that now there are similar programmes of public poetry on transport systems around the world, from New York to Shanghai, including Dublin, Paris, Athens, Stuttgart, St. Petersburg, Moscow, San Francisco and Barcelona. This latest anthology brings together the best of all of them in a single volume. You can turn the pages and find limericks, great works of romantic poetry, ancient Gallic texts, Spike Milligan nesting alongside Dylan Thomas. As a journey of literary discovery, old favourites alongside the new, this much travelled collection of exceptional poetry has no equal.
Forget the literary canon - here is the canon of human life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 30mm | 490g
  • WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0297859072
  • 9780297859079
  • 1,630,226

About Gerard Benson

Three compilers who alone determine the selection of poems: Judith Chernaik, American academic from Brooklyn, now a London resident. Gerard Benson, a widely published professional poet, gives regular poetry performances, an original Barrow poet living in Oxford. Cicely Herbert, another widely published Barrow poet living in London. Three compilers who alone determine the selection of poems: Judith Chernaik - American academic and from Brooklyn, now a London resident. Gerard Benson - widely published professional poet, gives regular poetry performances, an original Barrow Poet, lives in Bradford. Cicely Herbert - widely published, London resident, also a Barrow Poet. EDITOR BIOGRAPHY: Three compilers who alone determine the selection of poems: Judith Chernaik - American academic from Brooklyn, now a London resident. Gerard Benson - widely published professional poet, gives regular poetry performances, lives in Bradford. Cicely Herbert - widely published, London resident, also professional poet.
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