Can you complete this quote?
By the end of summer 2012, you should have no difficulty finding the final words, “…and not to yield”.
Many readers will remember that they are the last line of “Ulysses”, a dramatic poem about the heroic longings of Homer’s famous Greek adventurer, by the Victorian Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson, who is still one of the most popular and celebrated British poets of all time. Many of London’s visitors over the summer will doubtless visit his grave at Westminster Abbey or see his memorial at Trinity College if they travel up to Cambridge.
In March 2011 this famous line was chosen for a permanent installation in the centre of the Olympic Village, as inspiration and legacy for London 2012. The permanent poetry installations throughout the Olympic Park are supported and delivered by the Olympic Delivery Authority, within their strategy to integrate art into the park.
The selection of these inspiring and memorable words was made by Winning Words. This UK-wide project of the Forward Art Foundation to link poetry and sport is using the London 2012 Games to engage athletes, the public, young people and communities with the unique power of poetry.
Poet in the City, in association with Winning Words, is delighted to invite you to a special event celebrating the life and work of Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
- Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate from 1999-2009, was knighted for services to literature in 2009. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Current titles include The Cinder Path, Laurels and Donkeys and In the Blood (Faber).
- Ann Thwaite is a celebrated biographer. Previous works include Waiting for the Party, a life of Frances Hodgson Burnett; Edmund Gosse; A. A. Milne (Whitbread Biography of the Year in 1990); and Emily Tennyson: The Poet’s Wife.
- Sarah Weir is the Arts and Culture Director at the Olympic Park Legacy Company and was previously Head of Arts and Cultural Strategy for the Olympic Delivery Authority.
- When: Monday 27 February 2012, 6.30pm for prompt start of poetry at 7.00pm
- Where: Hall One at Kings Place,
90 York Way, London N1 9AG
- Cost: £11.50, or £9.50 if booked online
- Bookings: Kings Place Box Office
(Tel: 020 7520 1490) or online at www.kingsplace.co.uk. Please check ticket availability online.