Commemorative Poem Initiative

The poems here, chosen and read by members of the University, are grouped around occasions that bring us together and prompt reflection. Some of these occasions are cause for celebration, others, times of sombre commemoration. Poetry has always formed part of how we find words in acute moments, both for ourselves and for each other. We hope that, through our reading of these poems, they can speak to you.

Stephen Lawrence, 25 Years On

To mark Stephen Lawrence, 25 Years On, Matt Jacobs reads 'Stephen Lawrence Isn't On The National Curriculum' by Josephine Corcoran. Read more.

First Day of Spring 2018

As Winter turns to Spring, John Lee reads 'A Shropshire Lad 2: Loveliest of trees, the cherry now' by A. E. Housman. Read more.

International Women's Day 2018

To mark International Women's Day 2018, and the centenary of women's suffrage in the UK, Sumita Mukherjee reads 'The Pardah Nashin' by Sarojini Naidu. Read more.

Valentine's Day 2018

In celebration of Valentine's Day 2018, Genevieve Liveley reads Ovid's Amores 1.5, first in translation, then in the original Latin. Read more.

New Year's Day 2018

To mark the beginning of 2018, Rebecca Kosick reads the John Ashbery poem, 'Poem at the New Year'. Read more.

Remembrance Day 2017

In commemoration of the armistice agreed on 11 November 1918, Daniel Karlin reads 'Drummer Hodge' and 'A Wife in London' by Thomas Hardy. Read more.

Next: Labour Day

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