Poems on the Underground 

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer by John Keats

One of six posters - view the full set

Six poems by Greek, British and Irish poets will be posted in London Underground cars from 24 February 2014, in honour of the Greek EU Presidency (January-June 2014) and in celebration of the enduring ties between Greek culture and our own world. Themes 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’) Keats (‘On Chapman’s Homer’), and the Irish poet and translator Theo Dorgan (‘Bread Dipped in Olive Oil and Salt’). 

Poems are selected by writer Judith Chernaik and poets Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert. Posters are designed by Tom Davidson and are available from the Poetry Society and London Transport Museum.  Poems on the Underground  is supported by Transport for London, Arts Council England and the British Council. For this special set of Greek Poems on the Underground we are grateful for advice from Dr Victoria Solomonidis, Minister Counsellor (Cultural Affairs), Embassy of Greece, and Constantine Buhayer.

Order the poster set or order individual poems


About Poems on the Underground

The Poetry Society and Poems on the Underground join forces to promote one of Britain's most successful public art projects. As well as being displayed on underground trains throughout the capital, school members of the society and subscribers receive a sets of Poems on the Underground Posters each time they are released.

You can also order individual posters or sets through our shop; we ask for a £3 for an individual poster or £9.99 for a set in order to cover the storage, handling, postage and packing costs.

Poems on the Underground is supported by TfL, Arts Council England and the British Council, which makes the poems available to its teaching centres abroad. Poems are selected by Judith Chernaik, Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert, the three friends and fellow-writers who founded the programme in 1986. Posters are designed by Tom Davidson, and are available through the Poetry Society and London Transport Museum shop. The poems are reprinted on the websites of the Poetry Society, the British Council, Booktrust and TfL. 


Upcoming events 

To celebrate the forthcoming set of Greek Poems on the Underground; in cooperation with the Embassy of Greece and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture

Launch of Greek Poems on the Underground 

Thursday February 20th , at Keats House, Hampstead, NW3  7.30pm   

The Editors with readers Piers Plowright and John Theocharis, guest poet Theo Dorgan, and the Apollo Chamber Players performing music by Theodorakis

Tickets £5 including wine; booking 020 7332 3868 or email


Greek Poems on the Underground

Poetry, myth and music from Homer through the English Romantics to the present day.

March 26th at Europe House, Smith Square, SW1.  7pm. 

The Editors with guest poets and musicians 

Admission free but booking advised, RSVP by email or 020 7973 1992