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Poems on the Underground: A New Edition (Penguin Hardback Classics)

Poems on the Underground: A New Edition (Penguin Hardback Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Judith Chernaik
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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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This wonderful 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1821 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New edition edition (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009K6EJYI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,912 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian writer and Senior Editor at flipped eye publishing. A 2007 recipient of Ghana's national ACRAG award for poetry and literary advocacy, he is a former International Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton. In 2009, his short story, 'Socks Ball', was highly commended in the Caine Prize for African Writing, and his novel Tail of the Blue Bird (Jonathan Cape, 2009) was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Nii Ayikwei writes for children under the name K.P. Kojo and spends his time in Ghana and the United Kingdom.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Anyone who travels on London Underground will be familiar with the poems which appear over the heads of passengers in the advertising frames. The project began back in 1986 when Gerard Benson, Judith Chernaik and Cicely Herbert persuaded London Underground to post poems on their trains and then to double the number of spaces for which they obtained funding.

Since then countless passengers have founds solace and amusement by reading these short poems. The project has been so successful that it has inspired similar projects in Dublin, Adelaide, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Stuttgart, Sydney, Barcelona, Athens, Moscow, St Petersburg and Shanghai (source: Booktrust).

Today sees the publication of a completely new edition of Poems on the Underground: A New Edition containing 230 poems, beautifully presented in an attactive binding, the cover design being based on the moquette fabric used on the seats of tube trains. The book is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the London Underground on 9th January 2013.

The book is organised into sixteen sections with titles such as Love, London, Exile and Loss, Seasons, Families. Each one contains a dozen or so poems from poets ancient and modern. Shakespeare and Donne feature, but so so poets I have barely heard of from lands far and wide. Each poem occupies a whole page, occasionally two, giving lots of white space around each one, just as they are seen on the undergrounds posters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for many 20 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
These editors can be trusted. They have given interest and delight over many years to a huge number of people. I will take one poem to represent what is on offer.

I have crossed an ocean
I have lost my tongue
from the roots of the old one
a new one has sprung

It uses just the space it needs. It says something from the heart, to the heart. What it says, can expand to signify more than in the moments of first reading. It can be one you quote from memory. Try it.

The poem is by Grace Nichols. She called it Epilogue. I'm not sure she gave it the best of possible titles.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This poetry book exceeded all my expectations. An exceptionally attractive hard-back edition with a specially designed, colourful, (underground) cover. I love the shape of the book, which is rectangular, though this is not clear from the picture of it. I also love the way the poems are grouped for reference and particularly how they are set out on the page with the author discreetly placed at the bottom right hand corner of the page. There are poems for everyone, familiar and new. I am proud to own this edition which is to celebrate 150 years of the underground - it is lovely to look at and to touch - a book to treasure. I have already bought two more copies as gifts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasurable anthology. 1 Jan 2014
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I loved this as I often read the poems on the London underground as I wanted to have a record of them. The book is unusually bound - hardback and the scaled down dimension of the posters on the tube trains where they are displayed. It gives them a nice space on the page. I read them all from start to finish and it was a feast of literature from all corners of the world, from all periods of time, some well known, some obscure. It is laid our into 16 different 'stations' or themes eg London, Love, The Wider World. Very clearly thought out and designed, and some excellent writing of course!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get this. Selfish pleasure textured cover. 31 Oct 2013
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Hardback copy has the same shape pages as the originals as seen on the Tube so is very redolent of all of those commuter journeys enlivened by this idea.

Just buy it. You may have to buy a second because it will be purloined rapidly, I fear!
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