Marble Marvels: new commissioned poems

Marble statue by Pheidias, 438BC-432BC, thought to represent the river-god Ilissos, from the West pediment of the Parthenon. Photo © The British Museum.
Marble statue by Pheidias, 438BC-432BC, thought to represent the river-god Ilissos, from the West pediment of the Parthenon. Photo © The British Museum.

Give a sculptor a block of marble and a chisel, and they’ll carve you a masterpiece.

Put The Poetry Society and The British Museum together, and you end up with three brilliant new poems, jointly commissioned to celebrate the recent exhibition Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece.

Inspired by both Rodin’s sculptures and those of ancient Greek sculptors, these three new poems are cool marble animated by warm passions – we are delighted to present them here. Thank you to The British Museum for this opportunity, and to the poets for their imaginative responses.

‘Emerging from Matter’ by Keith Jarrett

‘how to catch a god’ by Laura Scott

‘centaur’ by Richard Scott

16 August 2018