Poems on the Underground

How do you spend your time waiting on the underground platforms or riding a subway train? In Britain starting 1986, following in idea by American writer Judith Chernaik, poems were displayed on the platform walls and inside the trains. The aim was to bringĀ  poetry to a wide range of people. What effect might these poems have had on the passengers who came to read poems by chance? In 2000 London Transport about 3.5 million journeys every day! Where else would one be able to reach so many people?

Read some examples of these poems here. The authors ranged from well known writers like Shakespeare to a lot of less known young poets.

Parting in Wartime / found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marmaz/2911959631/

Sylvia Plath: "Child" / found at: http://www.sylviaplath.info/thumbsother.html

Alicante / found at: http://flickr.com/photos/basheerakhan/3403523623/

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