Paradise lost and found on the Tube
London Underground is celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of poet John Milton by displaying his poems on trains across the network from 2 June.
This is part of a year-long international celebration of his writings with exhibitions taking place from Cambridge to New York.
The new series of Poems on the Underground features The Expulsion from Eden - the final lines from Paradise Lost, Book 12 by Milton, which is considered by many as one of the greatest poems written in the English language.
Works by other poets, both classical and contemporary, are also part of the series, and have been chosen to add a varied literary point of interest to passengers' journeys.
Verses by romantic poet William Wordsworth, author Elizabeth Smart, popular performance poet John Hegley, and Frances Leviston who offers a view of our post-Paradise world have been selected to offer commuters a few moments of contemplation away from their daily routine.
Tamsin Dillon, Head of Art on the Underground, said: 'This group of poems by John Milton and other more modern poets who have been inspired by him, shows how important and far reaching this great poet's influence remains.
'An advocate of free speech his words are just as relevant today as they ever were.'
Notes to editors:
Forthcoming events "Milton and Music" Tuesday 8 July 19:30, at St Giles Cripplegate (opposite the Barbican Centre). Poems on the Underground, readers Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert, will present extracts from Milton's works in St Giles Cripplegate, the City church where Milton is buried. Musical settings of Milton's poems, by Henry Lawes, Handel, and others will be performed by Lorna Anderson, soprano, Richard Edgar-Wilson, tenor, and the Apollo Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Chernaik. Promoted by the Barbican Library. Tickets £15 (concessioins £12) from Barbican Box Office.
On Wednesday 9 July, 14:15, at St Giles Cripplegate, Poems on the Underground presents a reading of Milton's great 'lyrical drama' Samson Agonistes. Tickets £8 (concessions £6) on the door