On National Poetry Day, falling on 3 October, we recognise the moving spirit of poetry and its transformative effect on culture. Each year there’s a different theme and in 2019 the theme is “Truth”.

Here are a small collection of singular lines, stanzas, and notions possessing the power to spring the most moving of thoughts and feelings into the humming imagination of the reader.

Such poets as TS Eliot, Pablo Neruda, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Wilfred Owen are all included. Other much-celebrated authors to feature include Margaret Atwood, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath and Maya Angelou.

We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view.

From
15p
€0.18
$0.18
USD 0.27
a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras.

Click through the gallery below to see the 28 lines The Independent has selected.

leftCreated with Sketch.
rightCreated with Sketch.

The day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart, who is the current chairman of the Somerset House Trust.

The best in film, music, TV & radio straight to your inbox

Read More