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.

  • 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 […]

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    Poems celebrating the beauty and variety of a unique tradition

    Published on Monday 3 December 2018

    The ten poems in our revised and updated edition offer a fascinating snapshot of the poetry of Scotland. Some poems explore ideas around identity and change, exile and belonging. Others focus on landscape and place, or are principally about language itself. As our editor Don Paterson writes in his vivid introduction, Scottish poets “…excel, I […]

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  • Ten Poems about Robins

    Ten Poems about Robins

    Published on Tuesday 23 October 2018

    What is it about robins that makes them so easy to love? Is it the jaunty red breast? Or the fact that they have been known to build their nests in kettles, boots, coat pockets and even under car bonnets – places that seem to suggest a wish to be close to our human world? […]

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