Wednesday, October 05, 2005

A Poem for Space

Which poem would you send into space?

The Poetry Society invites the nation to vote for the poem they would most like to send into space, to be read in 100 years time. The winning poem will be announced on 6th October, National Poetry Day 2005 and will be displayed at the National Space Centre, Leicester.

The 'Poem for Space' poll is launched to tie in with this year's theme of The Future, and to mark the twelfth National Poetry Day, the annual nationwide celebration of poetry.

We asked some of the nation's literary stars and scientific supernovas to give us their own suggestions. Poet Laureate Andrew Motion nominates The Starre by George Herbert, whereas Stephen Fry recommends Robert Frost's Accidentally on Purpose. Poet Ian McMillan proposes the opening of Basil Bunting's Briggflatts. Simon Singh, Science writer and broadcaster, suggests the opening lines of Auguries of Innocence by William Blake. For a list of these and other poems that have been suggested by poetry lovers from across the globe, click here.

Click here to vote for one of eight poems selected by members of the Poetry Society, or nominate your own favourite poem.

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