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.

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.

Occasions


Valentine's Day 2018


New Year's Day 2018


Remembrance Day 2017

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