What is World Poetry Day?
World Poetry Day is celebrated on the 21st of March. The holiday was declared by UNESCO in 1999. Their objective is to “support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard". March 21 is adopted by UNESCO to commemorate World Poetry Day during its 30th General Conference held in Paris. However, some countries observe the holiday on the 15th of October- the date of birth of the Roman epic poet, Virgil. This special day also recognizes the people who greatly contributed to the world of poetry such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, and Robert Frost. These people are considered the national poets of the United States. The national poet or national bard represents and embraces the identity and culture of the art of poetry. In accordance with World Poetry Day, we must encourage one another to embrace the diversity of poetry, revive oral traditions and appreciate the artistry that is put into poems.
How to celebrate World Poetry Day?
It is easy to celebrate the month of poetry. You can share or post your favorites, or even famous poems on social media each day in the month of March to honor poets and their writings. Schools can join the celebration by conducting a contest of spoken poetry, oral readings, composing of haikus and the like. There are a bunch of ways to learn and create a poem- analyze it in different perspectives and approaches then we can share our thoughts with our classrooms (or even our friends and family).
Quotes to live by on World Poetry Day:
"Every form of poetry is unique, but each reflects the universal of the human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and borders of time, as well as space in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single-family. That’s the power of poetry!" — Audrey Azoulay, World Poetry Day 2019
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