Poems

Poems

Everyone has a favourite poem: here are a few classics, old and new, that we hope you will enjoy sharing now that National Poetry Day 2018 has whetted your appetites.

The next National Poetry Day is on Thursday 3 October 2019: the theme will be “truth”. We welcome your nominations of any poems relating to this theme: they could tell the truth about something that matters to you, or deliver a home truth, or – maybe – tell a big lie. Let us know by emailing truth@nationalpoetryday.co.uk.

To get you started, and to honour the Armistice anniversary, we’ve added some poems that tell a truth about war: ancient and modern. Some are by Forward Prizes alumni, or from books recommended as part of the big National Poetry Day trade promotion.