Poems for changing times: 30 poems for Shared Reading
So far, 2020 has been a year that none of us could have imagined or knew what would have been in store. What we do know is that literature, and in particular poetry, can help us deal with difficult situations, be they personal to ourselves or felt on a wider scale, providing comfort, reassurance, solace, a chance to reflect, laugh, cry and share in the spectrum of human emotion.
As summer days begin to shorten and we take the first steps into September, it feels like we’re on the cusp of more change to come – be that going back to work or seeing children off to school again, widening our comfort zone a little further or making other changes after what have been a turbulent few months for us all.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a bank of 30 poems which reflect the changing times we find ourselves in. The poems have been chosen to reflect three overarching themes that feel particularly pertinent in highlighting our collective experience of the year so far, while also looking ahead with hope and optimism.
All of the poems here can be found in The Reader Library, if you're a Reader Leader click on the volunteers area in the top right to log into the Online Community Hub and download these poems.
It’s been tough recently…
You Cannot Be Serious – in a year of crisis, it can be hard to find laughter
Take Me Places – escaping to a faraway place might not feel possible right now, but these poems can take you across the borders of your imagination