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I’m Adam: A Collective Poetry Reading

Tuesday 23 May, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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On this evening we will be hosting a collective poetry reading drawn from Mark Wallinger’s Adam, which is a collapsed ‘found poem’ created from all the first lines of poems beginning with ‘I’ from Palgrave’s Golden Treasury. We will unfold the associations of this condensed work, with poems by Shelley and Wordsworth, Rossetti and Burns, allowing us to encounter the person Wallinger calls the ‘yearning I’ of the Romantic era.

We are inviting you to read, declaim or even sing your selected poem and perhaps tell us a little about why you’ve chosen it. When you book please select up to 3 poems in order of preference from the Adam poems. We will allocate poems a week before the event. Don’t worry if you would rather not read, listeners are welcome as well as readers. An effulgence of lyric will be unleashed from The Golden Treasury upon you!

Poems to choose from are available for download here (PDF)

  • ‘I am monarch of all I survey’ (William Cowper, The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk)
  • ‘I arise from dreams of thee’ (Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lines to an Indian Air)
  • ‘I can imagine, in some otherworld’ (D.H. Lawrence, Humming Bird)
  • ‘I dream’d that as I wander’d by the way’ (Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Dream of the Unknown)
  • ‘I dug, beneath the cypress shade’ (Thomas Love Peacock, I dug beneath the cypress shade)
  • ‘I fear thy kisses, gentle maiden’ (Percy Bysshe Shelley, I fear thy kisses, gentle maiden)
  • ‘I had a little bird’ (Sydney Thompson Dobell, The Orphan’s Song)
  • ‘I have been here before’ (Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sudden Light)
  • ‘I have come to the borders of sleep’ (Edward Thomas, Lights Out)
  • ‘I have had playmates, I have had companions’ (Charles Lamb, The Old Familiar Faces)
  • ‘I have led her home, my love, my only friend’ (Alfred Lord Tennyson, from Maud)
  • ‘I have loved flowers that fade’ (Robert Bridges, I have loved flowers that fade)
  • ‘I have seen old ships like swans asleep’ (James Elroy Flecker, The Old Ships)
  • ‘I have walked a great while over the snow’ (Mary Elizabeth Coleridge The Witch)
  • ‘I have heard a bird at dawn’ (James Stephens, I heard a bird at dawn)
  • ‘I heard a thousand blended notes’ (William Wordsworth, Written in Early Spring)
  • ‘I looked into my heart to write’ (George Barker, Summer Song)
  • ‘I lost the love of heaven above’ (John Clare, I lost the love of heaven)
  • ‘I love the fitful gust that shakes’ (John Clare, Autumn)
  • ‘I love to rise in a summer morn’ (William Blake, The Schoolboy)
  • ‘I met a traveller from an antique land’ (Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias of Egypt)
  • ‘I remember, I remember’ (Thomas Hood, Past and Present)
  • ‘I saw the sunlit vale, and the pastoral fairytale’ (Charles Blunden, Sunlit Vale)
  • ‘I saw where in the shroud did lurk’ (Charles Lamb, On an Infant Dying as Soon as Born)
  • ‘I set my heart to sing of leaves’ (Warren de Tabley, Anticipation)
  • ‘I tell you, hopeless grief is passionless’ (Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Grief)
  • ‘I thought once how Theocritus had sung’ (Elizabeth Barrett Browning, I thought once how Theocritus had sung)
  • ‘I travell’d among unknown men’ (William Wordsworth, I travell’d among unknown men)
  • ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ (William Wordsworth, The Daffodils)
  • ‘I was thy neighbour once, thou rugged Pile’ (William Wordsworth, Nature and the Poet)
  • ‘I wish I were where Helen lies’ (Robert Burns, Fair Helen)
  • ‘I woke from death and dreaming’ (Lilian Bowes-Lyon, A Shepherd’s Coat)
  • ‘I wonder do you feel today’ (Robert Browning, Two in the Campagna)
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Tuesday 23 May, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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