Poems on the Underground

The Poetry Society and Poems on the Underground join forces to promote one of Britain’s most successful public art projects. As well as being displayed on underground trains throughout the capital, school members of The Poetry Society receive a set of Poems on the Underground posters every year.

Poems are selected by Judith Chernaik, Imtiaz Dharker, and George Szirtes. The posters are designed by Tom Davidson, and the project is generously supported by London Underground (TfL), Arts Council England and the British Council.

Individual posters, or sets of posters, are available through The Poetry Society shop: we ask for £3.50 for an individual poster or £9.99 for a set in order to cover the storage, handling, UK postage and packing costs. If you live overseas, the charge will increase in order to cover additional postage costs.  You can also find posters at the London Transport Museum.

We are now able to post Poems on the Underground posters again. Click here to browse our selection. Shipping may take longer than usual, and our ability to post out orders is subject to change in government guidance.

Poems on the Underground (Penguin 2015) is available in paperback from all good bookshops.

Poems on the Underground (Set 104) for Spring 2020

A new set of Poems on the Underground was posted in tube trains on 10 February 2020 for four weeks. The poems, serious and humorous, touch on themes of love, nature, youth and age, and the changing seasons, as the dark days of February give way to early signs of spring. The poems are:

Honesty, from ‘Talking to the Weeds’, by Kit Wright

The Gulls by Jacob Polley

Prayer for My Father as a Child by Miriam Nash

Sonnet 98 (‘From you I have been absent in the spring’) by William Shakespeare

Fear by Ciaran Carson

Perseverance by Marin Sorescu, translated by D.J. Enright

The posters are designed by Tom Davidson.

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