London has probably inspired more poetry than any of the world’s great cities. William Wordsworth’s iconic ‘Composed upon Westminster Bridge’ shows how even a great poet of nature could be dazzled by its architectural splendour and the serene waters of the Thames.
In more recent times, poets have relished London for its vivacity and heady contrasts. Here, the Underground becomes a fascinating ocean:
“Swimming through the corridors and past signs
I consider if the bow-wave of multi-coloured
faces are really fish…”
from ‘Underground’ by Elizabeth Bartlett
George Szirtes’ eclectic selection captures something of the essence of the city, revealed through its railway stations, squares, coffee houses – even the trees that line its streets. Whether you’re a native Londoner or a visitor, this mini-anthology provides a perfect companion to this most beguiling of capitals.
Postage is calculated at 10% of your order value, up to a maximum of £3.00. There is a free postage option at checkout if you are housebound/shielding, on low income, or need help with postage costs for any other reason. Your order will usually arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery prices and times to other countries may vary (prices calculated at checkout).