Make Like A Poet

See the world through the eyes of a poet on NPD

Show your friends life through the eyes of a poet with these #nationalpoetryday images

You can still be part of the National Poetry Day action and speak, think, act, love, live and dream “like a poet”. Downloads of posters, wallpapers (for mobiles, tablets and laptops), as well as films are available here.

National Poetry Day is a chance to break with the tyranny of prose for 24 hours by sharing poetry in every conceivable way, with the hashtags #nationalpoetryday and #thinkofapoem.

Take your cue from graphic artist Anthony Burrill, who has created glorious images for sharing alongside lines of poetry that you love. Use his bold designs as screensavers or homepage images, spread them across your facebook, instagram and twitter networks, turn them into fliers or use them in films.

IN 2015, your most creative responses – words and images, combined or apart – shared through #nationalpoetryday, appeared on the Blackpool Illuminations on National Poetry Day.

To inspire you, leading visual artists – Laure Prouvost, Bridget Smith and Kathleen Herbert – teamed up with renowned poets and famous voices to make new films and digital art works.

The voices of Professor Stephen Hawking, Sean Bean, Samantha Morton, Juliet Stevenson and Neil Nunes speaking the words of Hafez, Dylan Thomas, Sarah Howe, Michael Symmons Roberts and Edna St Vincent Millay with poetry written and read by Aoife Mannix will all be free to download and share (there are screen savers for mobiles, tablets and laptops) with beautiful artistic short films – from nationalpoetryday.forwardartsfoundation.org.

So why not dream, speak, love, live, act and think “like a poet”?  These works are co-commissioned by Thirteen Ways and The Space in partnership with National Poetry Day and the BBC, whose major poetry season  ‘Contains Strong Language’ runs throughout October.