inspiration for the 2012 Olympic athletes set me thinking about the poems which give me most pleasure, or most inspiration. My favourite poem of all time is Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner - I never tire of reading it. Next favourite is Edward Thomas's Adlestrop. The poem which I find most inspiring, especially when I feel things are getting on top of me, is Arthur Hugh Clough's Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth. Which are your all-time favourites?
Image: Coleridge Cottage, Nether Stowey. © Sue Wilkes