Handwritten letters have inspired some famous poets in the past. Do send us yours if you’ve written one. 

The Letter by Amy Lowell (1874-1925)

The Letter by Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)

Night Mail by WH Auden (1907-1973)

The Letter by Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Love, Poem 5: The Letter by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

How to Stay Connected During a Pandemic by Nina Bennett (2021)

The Lost Art of Letter Writing by Eavan Boland (2014)

Here’s one I wrote too…

To Whom It May Concern

Write me a letter
You can make it short or long
It doesn’t matter what you say
There is no right or wrong.

Just tell me of your day
What made you laugh or ponder
Of places you would like to see
Out in life’s wide blue yonder.

What makes you tick
What thoughts would flow
When you put pen to paper?
I’d love to read what’s in your head.
On travelled page days later.

Write me a postcard.
A notecard.
Whatever you have to hand.
With crayon, or quill, or pencil
From over sea, or through the air,
Or maybe just on land.

I long to see your handwriting
Your swirls and whirls of ink
As personal as your favourite shoes
Of you, it makes me think.

So please. Write me a letter
Let your thoughts cascade like rain
Sent from down the road, or miles away
On foot, or by car, or by train.


Here’s another from a little walk down to the Post Office one evening…

By John Lanyon
By John Lanyon