‘Poems on the Underground’ will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the great Irish poet WB Yeats throughout 2015.
Our first set of poems for Feb/March 2015 features the final stanza of Sailing to Byzantium, Yeats’ famous tribute to the timeless power of imagination; and a hugely popular early love poem He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.
We shall also be featuring a translation of the blind poet Raftery’s verses by Yeats’ friend Lady Gregory; Louis MacNeice’s epigraph to Holes in the Sky (1944); and poems by the leading contemporary Irish poets Eavan Boland (Legends) and Paula Meehan (Not Weeding).
We will also be celebrating the paperback publication of our Penguin anthology ‘Poems on the Underground’ (publication date 26 March 2015). The collection includes poems by Yeats and several other Irish poets, including Patrick Kavanagh, Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain, Michael Longley, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and Paul Muldoon.
The poems will be displayed in London Tube trains from 22 February, 2015 for eight weeks. Our spring and autumn sets of ‘Poems on the Underground’ will also feature poems by Yeats.
The featured poems include:
WB Yeats, Sailing to Byzantium; He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
Lady Augusta Gregory, Verses he made when a stranger asked who he was (from the Irish, blind poet Raftery)
A translation by Lady Gregory first published in her groundbreaking collection, ‘Poets and dreamers: Studies and translations from the Irish’ by Lady Gregory (Dublin 1903)
Louis MacNeice, What is truth? (epigraph to ‘Holes in the Sky, Poems 1944-1947’) in ‘Collected Poems’ (Faber 1979)
Eavan Boland, Legends from ‘Collected Poems’ (Carcanet 1995)
Paula Meehan, Not Weeding from ‘Painting Rain’ (Carcanet 2009)