Poems can soothe us, motivate us to action, and help us express ourselves.

 

We have been inspired to incorporate poetry into our daily practices, both for the fun of poems but also as a way to help maintain good mental health and wellbeing under the difficult conditions of the coronavirus lockdown.

 

We are sharing an uplifting and inspiring short "poem for the day" with our Pilates Place members who participate in online classes everyday.

 

We are also asking for submissions. If you would like to share a poem with us - whether it's one you have written yourself, a new gem, or an old classic - please email us at enquiry@pilatesplace.org.

 

Here, we're compiling video recordings of these poems for your convenience - both during the lockdown, and afterwards.

The Great Realisation 

by Probably Tomfoolery, a.k.a. Tomos Roberts

 

Suggested by Pilates Place member Julie Naylor.

Video in its entirety is copyright Probably Tomfoolery, 2020, via YouTube

Leisure

by W.H. Davies

Suggested by Peta (8 May 2020).

Video by Digital Stories, via YouTube

Warning

by Jenny Joseph

 

Read by Jenny Joseph at Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2008.

 

Suggested by Peta (9 May 2020).

Video by Bloodaxe Books,  via YouTube

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening 

by Robert Thomas

Suggested by Pilates Place member Monica Davies (11 May 2020).

Video and animation by Aaron Quinn, 2019, via YouTube

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The Old Woman of the Roads

by Padraic Colum

Suggested by Pilates Place member Monica Davies

(12 May 2020).

The  Cloths of Heaven

by WB Yeats

 

Suggested by Pilates Place member Emma Barkes

(13 May 2020).

Adlestrop 

by Edward Thomas

Suggested by Pilates Place member Emma Barkes

(14 May 2020).

And The Poeple Stayed at Home by Kitty O'Meara'

Suggested by Pilates Place member Nicola Lavin 

(15 May 2020).

The  Owl and the Pussycat 

by Edward Lear

Suggested by Pilates Place member Ffion Hilliam 

(16 May 2020).

Lockdown

by Simon Armitage

Lockdown is a new piece of music by LYR, featuring the voice of Florence Pugh and the words of poet laureate Simon Armitage.

Proceeds from sale of the single will go to Refuge, the domestic abuse charity.

'I  wondered Lonely as a Cloud''

by William Wordsworth

Suggested by Pilates Place member Barbara Illingworth

(16 May 2020).

Silver 

by Walter de la Mare

Read by Sir John Gielgud

Suggested by Pilates Place member Anne Middleton 

(17 May 2020).

'When Just the Tide Went Out'  

by Max Boyce

Suggested by Pilates Place member Angela Bowen

(18 May 2020).

Cargoes 

by John Masefield

Read by Joanna Lumley

Suggested by Pilates Place member Maddies Dodson

(19 May 2020).

Who Am I?

By Enrique Badayos

Suggested by Pilates Place member Christine Thompson

(20 May 2020).

Sea Fever

by John Masefield

Suggested by Pilates Place member Dawn Griffin 

(21 May 2020).

More poetry online

The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit organisation that produces, acquires and preserves recordings of poets reading their own work out loud.

Write Where We Are Now collects poets' personal experiences of the Coronavirus outbreak, supporting readers in reflecting on and articulating their own feelings through the power of poetry.

A Plague of Poetry is the project of south-of-Scotland poet, Hugh McMillan, has been using the time of social isolation to bring fellow writers - from across the country and beyond - together to perform their work online.

Pendemic describes itself as "not a literary magazine for ordinary times, but a journal for an exceptional one. Writing the pandemic, together."