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Poems on the Underground | 04-Mar-15

Poems on the Underground will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats throughout 2015.

The first set of poems for March 2015 features the final stanza of 'Sailing to Byzantium', Yeats' tribute to the timeless power of imagination; and his popular love poem, 'He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven'. 

Also featured are a translation of Antoine O Raifteiri's Irish verses by Lady Gregory, Yeats's friend and close associate in the Irish revival; Louis MacNeice's epigraph to Holes in the Sky (1944); and poems by the distinguished contemporary Irish poets Eavan Boland and Paula Meehan.

A leaflet celebrating Irish poetry including these poems and poems by Seamus Heaney, Patrick Kavanagh, and Nuala Ni Dhohmnaill will be free to the public at tube stations in mid-March.

Poems on the Underground are also celebrating the paperback publication of our Penguin anthology Poems on the Underground on 26th March 2015. The collection includes poems by Yeats and many other Irish poets, including Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Wilde, Louis MacNeice, Seamus Heaney, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Michael Longley, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Paul Muldoon.

The poems will be displayed in London Tube trains from March 2nd. Posters, designed by Tom Davidson, are available from the Poetry Society and London Transport Museum.  
Poems on the Underground is supported by TfL, Arts Council England and the British Council, with special support for this series from Yeats2015. Following the death last year of our dear friend and colleague Gerard Benson, the poets Imtiaz Dharker and George Szirtes will be joining us as members of the Editorial Committee, alongside Judith Chernaik and Cicely Herbert, who with Gerard founded Poems on the Underground in 1986.  

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