Poetry Centre

Memorable Poem Project

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    To celebrate National Poetry Day 2014, the theme of which is ‘Remember’, the Poetry Centre asked Oxford Brookes staff and students to tell us about their favourite poem. Of those volunteers, five participants were videoed, whilst five others were selected to contribute a written response to their poem and why it is important to them. You can watch and read these reflections below. We hope it will inspire you to rediscover your own most memorable poem and share it with others on National Poetry Day!

    The Poetry Centre has also been running two other projects to coincide with National Poetry Day: a well-being and mental health poetry competition, and a series of pop-up poetry events all around Oxford and the Oxford Brookes campuses. The Centre will be active through social media in promoting and documenting these, and you can follow us via Twitter and Facebook.

    Further responses to memorable poems

    • Edith Joy Scovell, Deaths of Flowers introduced by Helen Newdick, MA Creative Writing, Oxford Brookes University
    • Billy Collins, Carpe Diem introduced by Richard Haill, Lecturer in English for Academic Purposes, International Centre, Oxford Brookes University
    • Thich Nhat Hanh, Please Call Me By My True Names introduced by Kate Rowley, Ecumenical Chaplain, Oxford Brookes University
    • Adrienne Rich, Song introduced by Liz Robertson, Careers Consultant, Careers Service, Oxford Brookes University
    • Bernard Spencer, On the Road introduced by James Taylor, undergraduate student in English and History, Oxford Brookes University
    • A. E. Housman, The Oracles introduced by Dr Caroline Jackson-Houlston, Senior Lecturer in English, School of English and Modern Languages, Oxford Brookes University