Poems on the Underground

Endymion by KeatsThe 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 still taking orders for Poems on the Underground posters, however shipping will be much slower than usual. Click here to browse our selection.

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

Poems on the Underground (Set 107) for Spring 2021 – Keats200

From 8 February 2021, a new set of Poems on the Underground will go live on tube cars throughout the month, and into March, celebrating 200 years of John Keats’s legacy. In addition to two poems by Keats, we have a stanza from Shelley’s Adonais, and poems by contemporary poets on themes that were important to Keats, especially his love of the natural world.

Large posters of relevant poems will also be installed at London Bridge and Hampstead underground stations, commemorating Keats’s local associations (Guy’s Hospital and Keats House).

These celebrations are part of a season of Keats events. Find out more about Keats200 here.

The poems are:

from ‘Endymion’ by John Keats
‘When I have fears that I may cease to be’ by John Keats
from ‘Adonais’ by Percy Bysshe Shelley
‘Wish You Were Here’ by Julia Fiedorczuk, translated by Bill Johnston
‘rising’ by Jean Binta Breeze
‘I go inside the tree’ by Jo Shapcott

The posters are designed by Tom Davidson.

Order the set here, and individual posters from this set here. Please note: we are currently waiting for a delivery of posters in this set. We will send your order as soon as we have them. We apologise for the delay.

Poems on the Underground is supported by Transport for London, The British Council and Arts Council England. Poems are selected by the writer Judith Chernaik and poets Imtiaz Dharker and George Szirtes.

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