Take part in our research


National Poetry Day launch

Our nationwide Poetry and Memory survey launches on National Poetry Day on 2nd October.

We want to find out what poetry lives in the nation’s collective memory, and what these poems mean to the individuals who know them.

Do come and tell us about the poem that you know.


What poem do YOU know by heart?

The Poetry and Memory survey

In this survey, we'll invite you to tell us about a poem that you know. The poem can be any that you would be able to say from memory. It doesn't matter if you have forgotten a few of the words – as long as you can remember most of it. It can be any type of poem, but not song lyrics or a nursery rhyme.

You can read more about the survey, why we're doing it, and other ways you can get involved here.

If  you'd like to receive an email reminder when the survey launches, click here.


We are very pleased to be working with the Forward Arts Foundation which runs National Poetry Day, and are grateful for their help in spreading the word. This year, National Poetry Day is taking the theme 'Remember', with events and activities focusing on sharing remembered poems. You can find out about National Poetry Day events and the 'Think of a Poem campaign here.

Print versions

We appreciate that there may be people interested in doing our survey who are unable to use the online survey tool. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution to this problem. However, for those who have friends or relatives able to access this site, there will be a pdf version which can be printed out, filled in, and posted to us using the Freepost address provided.

The poem I know is …

A few personal reflections on poetry by heart.

Clare Gardom, Teacher – John Masefield's 'Cargoes'

Dave Williams, Comedian – T S Eliot's 'The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock'

Madeleine O'Callaghan, Educator –  W B Yeats' 'The Song of the Wandering Aengus'

Malcolm Guite, Poet and Priest – John Masefield's 'The Golden City of St Mary'