Favourite poems from the world's poets


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

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.