"Poems, I'm a poet and I don't know it." Top 5 Page for this destination Arts and Entertainment Tip by sourbugger

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Favorite thing: When travelling on the tube, the monotony is sometimes relieved by the glimpse of a celebrity (I believe the two Princes of our land even use the tube at times), a good busker, or just some one very strangely dressed.

If this fails, then you can sometimes catch one of the popular Poems that adorn tube trains from time to time. You can see some example of them by following the link on this website : www.poetrysociety.org.uk

(Quoted from the Ninth Edition Poems on the Underground introduction by Judith Chernaik):

"When Poems on the Underground was launched in 1986, we hoped that London's two million commuters would be charmed to discover poems by Shelley and Burns, Seamus Heaney and Grace Nichols enlivening their daily Tube journeys. We little guessed that our dream of scattering poetry about in public places would be adopted by mass transport systems in New York, Paris, Dublin, Stuttgart, Barcelona, Athens, Shanghai, Moscow and St. Petersburg, in capital cities in Scandinavia and Australia, and in scores of smaller cities in the UK and abroad. London's Poems on the Underground are now assumed to be part of the urban landscape, a model for primary school projects and a subject for Ph.D. theses in media studies and semiology...

For many people who care about literature, poetry remains a private and somewhat obscure and esoteric passion. Perhaps this is one source of the popularity of our scheme, which is quiet and unobtrusive, a matter of a poem appearing here and there, at irregular intervals, in a space usually given over to seductive claims for car insurance or holiday destinations."

Fondest memory: Laughing out loud when you find a really funny one- and everyone presumes your a nutcase !

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 6, 2004
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