Greek Poems in London Underground
In celebration of the Greek EU Presidency from January to June 2014 and the enduring ties between Greek and British culture, six poems by Greek, British and Irish poets will be posted in the London underground from February 24 to April 2014. Hundreds of train sets are to be decorated with Greek verses and millions of passengers will be able to read them in English.
The themes of the poets range from love and the natural world, to myth and history, with bilingual texts of poems by Sappho and Anyte of Tegea, Constantine Cavafy (Ionian Song) and Nikos Gatsos (Extract from Amorgos), along with poems in English by Byron (The isles of Greece) John Keats (On Chapman’s Homer), and the Irish poet and translator Theo Dorgan (Bread Dipped in Olive Oil and Salt). The poems were selected by the writer Judith Chernaik and the poets Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert.