National Poetry Day

Yesterday was National Poetry Day and to celebrate we asked members of Nuffield College to share their favourite poems with us:

Juta Kawalerowicz chose “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll:

You can read the poem here

Giacomo Vagni chose “Si tu savais” by Robert Desnos:

Richard Johnson took a different approach and shared a haiku he composed in the library:

Alexander Gard-Murray submitted what is probably the first poem written about Nuffield College Library:

There once was a College Library

with more books than students could carry.

They’d while away hours

while locked in their towers

and then emerge slightly more hairy.

Robert Hellpap emailed to say:

“Steps by Hermann Hesse is one of my favorite poems since it nicely brings to the point the ever changing nature of life. It points out that change has two sides, the end or loss of something but also the opportunities and chances of new good things emerging from that”

You can read the poem here.

John Goldthorpe sent us “A Good Read / Social Mobility” by Tony Harrison


You can read a biography of Harrison on the Poetry Foundation page.

Claire Bunce (PA to the Warden & Bursar) contributed “On the Ning Nang Nong” by Spike Milligan, also available in here it is in musical and animated form

Not to be outdone, Library staff also contributed their favourite poems:

NB, the William Morris in question is “The Other William Morris”, NOT Lord Nuffield!

The poem can be read here

Tessa Richards submitted “Matilda who told such dreadful lies” by Hillaire Belloc, part of the collection “Cautionary Tales for Children”. (Image from the Project Gutenberg ebook)










Many thanks to everyone who submitted poems, we hope you enjoyed them!


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