Poems that celebrate the joys of being on foot

Poems that celebrate the joys of being on foot

Published on Thursday 6 December 2018

There seems to be a natural connection between walking and poetry. For Wordsworth, the regular rhythm of walking was a stimulus to writing, and he said that “nine-tenths of my verses have been poured out in the open air.”

This beautiful mini-anthology edited by poet and keen walker Sasha Dugdale contains Wordsworth’s heart-stopping ‘Old Man Travelling’ alongside contemporary poems that capture the delights of a walk with a dear friend and of walking in solitude. There’s a poem about setting off through city streets to find a river and a heron, and another featuring a surprising encounter on the top of Helvellyn.

One by one then as a whole, these poems remind us that being on foot is one of the best ways of experiencing the world.

  • Celebrating the glory of trees

    Celebrating the glory of trees

    Published on Monday 4 March 2019

    Many of us have a favourite tree.  It may be one we remember from childhood – a tree we loved to climb in or swing from or hide behind. Or perhaps it’s one of the ancient and majestic yews or oaks that stand sentinel in churchyards and on village greens, hardly seeming to change as […]

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  • Poems exploring the warp and weft of marriage

    Poems exploring the warp and weft of marriage

    Published on Monday 4 February 2019

    “If ever two were one, then surely we.” So says the seventeenth-century poet Anne Bradstreet. These days, her portrayal of the marriage bond as one of unconditional mutual devotion might underestimate the complexity of the husband/wife relationship. The other poems in this vivid and entertaining mini-anthology – published just in time for Valentine’s Day – […]

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  • It’s never too early for a poem

    It’s never too early for a poem

    Published on Wednesday 30 January 2019

    Some of us skip breakfast protesting that it’s too early to eat. But it can never be too early for a poem, and this enticing selection offers delights that anyone would wish to be awake for – including three new poems that were winners in our breakfast poem competition. Billy Collins buzzing around his house […]

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