‘My name is OZYMANDIAS, King of Kings:
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
We are delighted to offer tube travellers a new summer set of poems.
The poems will circulate on London Underground and Overground trains for 4 weeks from July 18th.
Shelley’s sonnet Ozymandias, inspired by the Egyptian ruins at the British Museum, marks the bicentenary of the poet’s death on July 8th, 1822, aged 29.
Our international theme continues with famous lines by the 17th century Dean of St Pauls, John Donne: ‘No man is an island, entire of itself…’
Also featured: ‘Caterpillar’ by Guillaume Apollinaire, in a new version by the British poet and translator Robert Chandler.
An extract from War of the Beasts and the Animals by the dissident Russian poet Maria Stepanova, translated by Sasha Dugdale.
‘Ditches’ by the Irish poet Jessica Traynor.
‘Dei Miracole’ by the popular poet, playwright and broadcaster Lemn Sissay.
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
No Man is an Island by John Donne
Caterpillar La Chenille by Guillaume Apollinaire, translated by Robert Chandler
from War of the Beasts and the Animals by Maria Stepanova, translated by Sasha Dugdale
Ditches by Jessica Traynor
‘Dei Miracole’ by Lemn Sissay
Birch Canoe by Carter Revard
RIP Carter Revard 1931-2022
This month we mark the bicentenary of Shelley’s death on July 8th,1822, focussing on his belief in poetry as an agent of social and political change. Shelley’s poems have been an important part of Poems on the Underground from Ozymandias in our first set of Poems in 1986 to Ode to the West Wind, which appeared in our most recent set of poems in 2022.
Poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley
To Emilia V –
The World’s Great Age Begins Anew (Chorus from Hellas)
With a Guitar To Jane
from Ode to the West Wind
Poems of Social and Political Change
Lines from Endymion by John Keats
Anti-Slavery Movements by Benjamin Zephaniah
Much Madness is Divinest Sense by Emily Dickinson
Ourstory by Carole Satyamurti
Monopoly by Paul Farley
Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon
The Boundary Commission by Paul Muldoon
Chorus from a Play by John Dryden
Jerusalem by William Blake
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas
Mapping the New World– Poems of Sea and Sail
Map of the New World: Archipelagoes by Derek Walcott
Ariel’s Song by William Shakespeare
Where Go the Boats? by Robert Louis Stevenson
The world is too much with us by William Wordsworth
True Stories  by Margaret Atwood
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea by Stephen Knight
Cargoes by John Masefield
Wedding by Alice Oswald
You can see our Poems from June 2022 here