If you’ve done any Underground travelling in London recently then you will have been confronted by the bafflingly terrible TfL posters which urge you to adopt proper Tube etiquette through the medium of poetry.
In the off chance you’ve been spared such an encounter, here is a particular favourite of mine:
It’s tempting to obstruct the doors
Until you know what this can cause
It doesn’t just delay the train,
But can cause damage, hurt and pain.
Have you never wondered how the great poets of history would have responded to such a commission? Coleridge writing on smelly foods in cramped carriages, for instance, Kipling on overhearing loud mobile phone conversations, or Byron on not obstructing the doors?If so, then wonder no longer: