Penguin Classics Poems On the Underground

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9780141389523: Penguin Classics Poems On the Underground

This beautiful new edition of Poems on the Underground is published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Underground in 2013. Here 230 poems old and new, romantic, comic and sublime explore such diverse topics as love, London, exile, families, dreams, war, music and the seasons, and feature poets from Sappho to Carol Ann Duffy and Wendy Cope, including Chaucer and Shakespeare, Milton, Blake and Shelley, Whitman and Dickinson, Yeats and Auden, Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott and a host of younger poets. It includes a new foreword and over two dozen poems not included in previous anthologies.

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About the Author:

Judith Chernaik, a New Yorker by birth and Londoner by adoption, founded Poems on the Underground with two poet friends 25 years ago. Judith has written four novels and a study of Shelley's poetry.

Gerard John Benson was an English Quaker poet, teacher, and author. He was named poet laureate of the City of Bradford (2008) and was also active with Poems on the Underground. Benson had worked as an intelligence decoder in Britain and as an actor, but his vocation was poetry. Originally from London, Benson settled in Bradford in 1989 with his writer/artist wife, Cathy Griffiths; the couple lived in Manningham.

Cicely Herber was also active with Poems on the Underground programme whose aim was to bring poetry to a wider audience.

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Beautifully presented ... This makes it an ideal book to dip into. Few people would see this book lying around the house and not be tempted to quickly browse through and find a morsel of verse that meant something to them at that moment. Everyone will find their own favourites in the book A Common Reader

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