‘Break with the tyranny of prose,’ the Forward Arts Foundation commands on this, the 21st National Poetry Day. Celebrating poems, poetry and all things poetical, the annual event invites poetry-lovers to share their favourite works or (if they are artistically inclined) to share their on poems with the world.
Each year, National Poetry Day has been characterised by a different theme or focus, and for 2015, that theme is Light. Proprietors of lighting shops, lighthouses, opticians and photographers across the country will be involving themselves with the celebrations, whilst radio stations and TV channels will be weaving poetry throughout their normal schedule from dawn until dusk.
The Forward Arts Foundation have compiled a collection of light-themed poems, which you can read here, and which includes William Wordsworth’s ode to London at dawn, below:
Sonnet Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, 3rd September 1802
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!
Words by Grace Cain