I have 1000/2000 words down for the dissertation proposal [yay] which is a compulsory essay where I explain my project, possible problems and discuss my ideas for assessment and marking, all of which I think are slowly beginning to fall into place. I'm literally buzzing about this because I thought I'd be terrible at writing it and it's one reason why I decided to steer clear of an 8000 word written dissertation (I know it's small compared to some papers) but I think the way that I'm planning to lay my assessments out will actually amount to a lot more than that. I plan to keep this blog going as a dumping ground for sources and the like but then have a physical portfolio to be marked and assessed, with two reflective essays; one around the time of the Bath Lit. Fest. and the other at the end of the project.
I have also been thinking about other places that poetry has been used in adverts and I had an answer right in front of me all along: The Tube. Over the years there has been a great increase in poetry being used in the poster adverts around the Tube in London, not all them relating directly to London, or to travelling; some of them are just beautiful pieces of writing. During my poetry module last year I bought Best Poems on the Undergound, an anthology editied by Gerard Benson, Judith Chernaik and Cicley Herbert (Available from here.) Judith Chernaik was the bright spark that decided to begin this project in 1986 and they are changed around three times a year. Here's what TfL have to say on the subject and here's the Random Poem of the Day, as well as having a full poem archive.
Here's one image of how they are displayed around The Undergound, you can just image this sitting above your head as you speed along to your destination:
Call me romantic, but this is one of my favourite poems in the book and it's the thought I'm going to end this post with.
She Tells Her Love
She tells her love while half asleep,
In the dark hours
With half-words whispered low:
As Earth stirs in her winter sleep
And puts out grass and flowers
Despite the snow,
Despite the falling snow.
Robert Greaves (1895-1985) 2
1. Betjeman, J., 'City', [online] Available from: http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/education/resources/ [accessed on: 25/11/2011]
2. Greaves, R., 'She Tells Her Love'., In: Best Poems on the Underground, ed. Benson, G., Chernaik, J. and Herbert, C., London: Phoenix 2010 pg.107