Words of Tennyson to inspire 2012 visitors

Lines from the poem Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson will be engraved on to a wall in the Olympic Village at Stratford.

The idea is that they will not only inspire competing athletes daily but will also be there for future generations of residents and school children.

The last line, “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield” was nominated by the public and chosen by a panel which included Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and author Sebastian Faulks.

Other commissions include a new poem on the history of the Bryant and May match factory.

These will be be etched into a wooden structure in the north of the Olympic Park while other works will be announced later this year. It is all part of 2012 Games chiefs to leave behind a cultural legacy as well as a physical one.

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