Poems on the Underground - the Natural World

In July 2019 Poems on the Underground explores the relationship between human beings and the natural world.

A new set of five poems goes live on London tubes on July 1st for four weeks. Some deal specifically with the urgent issue of climate change. Others reflect more generally on how human beings take solace and meaning from their living world of earth, sea and sky.

The poems:

Still Life with Sea Pinks and High Tide by Maura Dooley.

The Meaning of Existence by Les Murray (1938 - 2019) 

I Am the Song by Charles Causley (1917 - 2003)
Charles Causley, the modest poet who spent his working life as a school teacher in his beloved Cornwall.

The shaft by Helen Dunmore (1952 - 2017)
Written as the poet knew she was dying, grateful for the shaft of sun lying on her pillow. A profound, moving poem.

'My life closed twice before its close' by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
The reclusive American poet whose mysterious poems only reached the public long after her death. 

You can download the full set of six poems here.

Poems on the Underground is supported by Transport for London, The British Council and Arts Council England.  Poems are selected by the writer Judith Chernaik and poets Imtiaz Dharker and George Szirtes.

Posters, designed by Tom Davidson, are available from the Poetry Society and London Transport Museum. The Poems on the Underground anthology (Penguin Books, 2015) is available at all bookshops.

Related writers

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Poet and freelance writer Maura Dooley was born in Truro, England, and grew up in Bristol. Educated ...


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