Selected Poems, by ELLE

Our favourites on National Poetry Day

Yes, we do a mean line in street style, fashion edits and punchy features. But we’re partial to a bit of poetry too – more than a bit, actually, if the emails zipping through the inboxes of ELLE HQ in celebration of National Poetry Day this morning were anything to go by.

From the high-brow to the heartbreaking to the downright hilarious, here are the picks Team ELLE wanted to share with each other – and, by extension, you.



Tom Hiddleston reads Shakepeare for National Poetry Day


the lesson of the moth, by archy (Don Marquis)

Meribeth Parker, Group Publishing Director

Cinderella, by Sylvia Plath

Suzanne Sykes, Creative Director

She Walks In Beauty, by Lord Byron

Anne-Marie Curtis, Fashion Director

Susan Ward Davies, Travel and Lifestyle Director

Kirsty Dale, Executive Fashion Director

Rhiannon Thomas, Group Creative Solutions Director


The Cremation of Sam McGee, by Robert W. Service

Miette L. Johnson, Art Director

Christina Simone, Workflow Director

Aoibheann Foley, Marketing Manager

Alexandra Annunziato, Brand Marketing Executive

The Puddock, by John M. Caie

Fern Ross, Chief Sub-Editor/Production Editor

Debbie Morgan, Editorial Business Manager

Natalie-Wansbrough-Jones, Senior Fashion Editor

Lisa Rahman, Deputy Art Director

This Be The Verse, by Philip Larkin

Hannah Swerling, Commissioning Editor

Leisa Barnett, News and Social Media Editor

Leo Goddard, Creative Solutions Art Editor

Patricia Campbell, Commerical Editor

Kari Wilkin, Acting Deputy Chief Sub-Editor

Shannon Hollis, Digital Account Manager

Lucy Johnston, Picture Assistant

Nahema Puget, Special Projects - Fashion

Sonnet 116, by William Shakespeare

Diana Gavrilina, Picture Intern

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