Poeple at Rain of Poems
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Favourite poems from the world's poets

27 June 2012 Last updated at 10:17 BST

The "biggest gathering of world poets" is under way at London's Southbank Centre.

Poetry Parnassus is the UK's largest poetry project, representing 204 Olympic nations and is part of the London 2012 Festival.

Above the gathering of poets, 100,000 bookmark-shaped poems were dropped from a helicopter on Tuesday.

BBC News went along to find out favourite poems from some of the world's poets.

Video produced by Rachel Curtis. Rain of Poems footage courtesy of Chilean arts collective Casagrande