Poems on the Underground

Wild Nights, Emily Dickinson poster

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.

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

Poems on the Underground (Set 101)

A new set of Love Poems on the Underground has been posted on London Underground trains from 25 February 2019 for four weeks. The poems have been specially selected to brighten the winter darkness.

These poets celebrate love in all its variety, at all times and places, from the popular Scottish poet Robert Burns, the reclusive 19th century American poet Emily Dickinson and the British poet Robert Browning, to Boris Pasternak, Michael Donaghy and Jane Draycott. The poems are:

John Anderson, my jo, by Robert Burns
Meeting at Night, by Robert Browning
Wild Nights! by Emily Dickinson
Hops, by Boris Pasternak, translated from Russian by Jon Stallworthy and Peter France
The Present, by Michael Donaghy
India, by Jane Draycott

A leaflet of twenty-four Love Poems on the Underground, with several from our earlier sets of poems, is available free at tube stations during February and March. Poems on the Underground is generously supported by Transport for London, Arts Council England and The British Council. Poems are selected by the writer Judith Chernaik and the poets Imtiaz Dharker and George Szirtes. Posters, designed by Tom Davidson, are available from The Poetry Society and London Transport Museum. The published collection, Poems on the Underground (Penguin 2015) is available at all good bookshops.

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