Carry a Poem…
June 26, 2009
Ok, so Jane doesn’t actually carry the poem that means the most to her around in a cardboard box, but she does have it in her purse.
Robyn’s is in her diary. Mine’s in my head.
We want to know the poem that means the most to you. We want the story that goes with it. And we want to know how you carry it.
We’re searching for people’s most treasured poems – and we need your help. Can you spare five minutes to let us know about a poem that means a lot to you? Maybe it’s one you learned at school, and still know by heart. It could be a poem that was recited at your wedding, or that one that offered some consolation. Perhaps it calls to mind a particular place that’s special to you, or just cheers you up every time you read it. You might love your poem for its comforting familiarity, or its ability to unsettle you; because it takes you right inside yourself, or right outside; because it captures the way you see things, or helps you see things afresh.
As part of our ‘Carry a Poem’ campaign, we’re collecting people’s tales about poems that matter to them. We’re encouraging everyone to think about their vital poems and the stories that lie behind them, and we’re keen to learn about the poem choices of people all over Scotland, from all walks of life.
You’ll be able to read and listen to some of these poems and stories on our website, and maybe even in a publication of some kind. Your choice will strike a chord with people you’ve never met – and maybe you’ll discover a new treasured poem to carry with you.
– If you could only choose one poem to carry with you, what would it be? It can be by any poet, from any country and in any language.
– Can you tell us about when you first heard or read your chosen poem? What did it make you think, see or feel? And what does it mean to you now?
– Do you already carry it with you in any way – in your wallet or purse? In your diary? In your head or in your heart?