Poems on the Underground 

One of six posters - view the full set

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’s 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.

The poems will be displayed in London Tube trains from 2 March 2015. Posters, designed by Tom Davidson, are available from the Poetry Society and London Transport Museum.  

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.

The paperback publication of the Penguin anthology Poems on the Underground will be celebrated on 26 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.

Order the poster set or order individual poems.

 

About Poems on the Underground

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 each time they are released.

You can order individual posters or sets through our shop; we ask for a £3 for an individual poster or £9.99 for a set in order to cover the storage, handling, postage and packing costs.

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 Poems on the Underground’s dear friend and colleague Gerard Benson, the poets Imtiaz Dharker and George Szirtes will be joining as members of the Editorial Committee, alongside Judith Chernaik and Cicely Herbert, who with Gerard founded Poems on the Underground in 1986.  

 

Events

I Am of Ireland: A celebration of the poetry of W B Yeats
Wednesday 1 April 2015, 7.30pm
London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square, London, NW1 9XB
Tickets £5 https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/i-am-of-ireland-a-tribute-to-wb-yeats/tickets  

‘Words for Music Perhaps’, celebrating Yeats2015 and Shakespeare’s birthday, with Shaun Traynor, Imtiaz Dharker and George Szirtes
Thursday April 23 2015, 7pm

Keats House, Keats Grove, London, NW3 2RR
Tickets £8 including complimentary drink from http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/keats-house-4777597709 or in person from Keats Community Library.

 ‘Yeats and Margot’ by Cicely Herbert, with Timothy West as W.B. Yeats and Victoria Ross as Margot Ruddock
Tuesday 5 May 2015, 7pm
Keats House, Keats Grove, London, NW3 2RR
Tickets £8 including complimentary drink from http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/keats-house-4777597709 or in person from Keats Community Library