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New Poems On The Underground | 13-Mar-09

A new set of poems went on display in 3,000 Tube carriages in February welcoming the coming of spring, and celebrating love as it affects creatures young and old, lambs, larks, an old pit pony, a cuckoo and a tortoise, as well as ordinary men and women?

Welsh poet Menna Elfyn is among the writers whose work will be enjoyed by Tube travellers. Poems by Jesuit priest Gerard Manley Hopkins, whose extraordinarily modern poems became known only long after his death; Scottish poet Andrew Young, French poet Jacques Prevert, Belfast poet Paul Muldoon, and writer-editor Judith Chernaik -whose 'Tortoise' is her first published poem, will also be featured as part of the series.

Poems on the Underground, founded in 1986, is supported by London Underground, Arts Council England, and the British Council, now celebrating its 75th year.  Poems are selected by Judith Chernaik and poets Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert. Posters are available from the Poetry Society - - and London?s Transport Museum, Covent Garden.

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