World Poetry Day 2021: Share your favourite poet or poetry

It’s World Poetry Day, so why not celebrate by letting us know who your favourite poet or poem is, and see our recommendation for 2021

Raymond Antrobus performing by Ocean Studios

Today, Sunday 21st March 2021, is World Poetry Day, so why not take some time out to indulge in the words of your favourite poet.

We find it can help put things into perspective and allows some time for reflection.

The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus
My favourite book of poetry this year is The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus. Raymond’s deafness was diagnosed quite late, which meant that by the time he was 12, he had the reading and writing age of a six-year-old. This impacted his school and home life.

In The Perseverance, Raymond beautiful and intimately describes the prejudice he has experienced against deaf people.

You can hear (or read) Raymond talk about The Perseverance below.

There are many thought-provoking poems in the collection, some of which you can hear (and read) below. Dear Hearing World is one of my favourites.

Find out more about Raymond Antrobus by visiting his Website.

Steve Head
Another poet I’ve been introduced to this year is Steve Head, who is based in Paris, but has family on the Isle of Wight.

Steve’s ‘In the long grass’ was recently set to soundscapes by Charlie and Jake at Echoes and Edges. The result, as you can hear below, is simply beautiful.

We’re hoping that if the pandemic allows, Steve might be able to come to the Island for Ventnor Fringe Festival this year. We’ll let you know if that happens.

You can follow Steve over on his Facebook Page.

Image: © Real Ideas

Sunday, 21st March, 2021 10:46am



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My choice of favourite poems is more conventional than your suggestions: Seamus Heaney’s “Postscript” from “100 Poems”. I am always tempted to replace the specific location to a different one in Ireland, and then it brings back so many associations and memories that I am close to tears.
Seamus Heaney is defintely my favourite poet…

Angela Hewitt
Time to be self indulgent… Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills, What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went And cannot come again. Houseman My one regret in life is my difficulty in “getting” poetry until I heard this… Read more »
Mark L Francis

The IOW druids like my poem “Hymn to King Arwald” which they got via OnTheWight. They have incorporated it into their arcane rituals. This officially makes me a demi-god. I have not yet worked out what my superpower is, but I rather fancy “ineffability.”


Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ for me.

It is wonderfully barbaric.


Not a fan of poetry so I had nothing to contribute yesterday, but I just came across ‘Instructions on Not Giving Up’ by Ada Limon. Written in 1976, but particularly apt this year.


Correction. Ada Limon was born in 1976. The poem is from 2017.