- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Particular Books; New edition edition (1 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141389524
- ISBN-13: 978-0141389523
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Poems on the Underground (Penguin Hardback Classics) Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012
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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)
About the Author
Judith Chernaik, Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert co-founded Poems on the Underground nearly thirty years ago. Judith has written The Lyrics of Shelley and four novels, and was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 2002. Gerard was a poet, editor, performer and author of ten poetry collections. He was Poet Laureate of the City of Bradford. Cicely is a writer of poetry, performance pieces and radio plays and a member of the Barrow Poets. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.Read more ›
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.
I love flicking through to an old favourite and then discovering next to it a fine, colourful poem which I didn't know. True propinquity - the very thing which the internet does not give you (adverts fed by Google or Amazon do not count).
Just buy it. You may have to buy a second because it will be purloined rapidly, I fear!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A treasure, beautifully produced, and worth every penny. Recommended.Published 14 months ago by Asterisk
A lovely edition of much-loved classic. I am glad to see new poems continue to be posted on the UndergroundPublished on 24 Aug. 2014 by Janie
I loved it so much I've given my copy to a friend and I'm just about to order a fresh copyPublished on 17 April 2013 by C E Arthur