Wordsworth wanders on to the Shanghai metro – Jonathan Watts

From the Guardian (link):

Thirty years ago the posters on the public transport system screamed Maoist slogans. For the past 10 years they have been hard-sell advertisements for cosmetic surgery clinics and cars. But from next month a more poetic tone will be struck by verses from Blake, Wordsworth, Michael Bullock and Kathleen Jamie.

In a sign of changing priorities, the Shanghai metro will display poems by four British poets in a groundbreaking cultural exchange between the world’s two most popular languages and its oldest and newest networks.

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