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Celebrating World Poetry Day
What is World Poetry Day and why should we celebrate it?
World Poetry Day is celebrated annually on the 21st of March and was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999. This day is dedicated to encouraging poetry reading, writing, and teaching. It is a day when people from all over the world gather to celebrate the beauty and power of poetry.
Poetry has numerous positive effects. It can connect you with people who have been in similar situations, or it can transport you to a different time or fantastic world, much like reading your favorite novel. Poetry, as a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace, speaks to our common humanity.
For centuries, writers have used poetry to express the joys and sorrows of life, to celebrate love and beauty, to lament loss and tragedy, and to ponder the mysteries of the universe. It has been used to preserve and pass down the history and traditions of various cultures from one generation to the next.
Poetry can cross borders and language barriers, conveying universal emotions and experiences that resonate with people from all walks of life. Poetry allows us to celebrate our differences while also finding common ground, resulting in a more connected and compassionate world.
How can you celebrate World Poetry Day?
Try your own hand at poetry (if you have never written one, give it a shot)!
Curl up with your favorite book of poetry (if you do not have one, go check out one of the many available at your local library – see the links below).
Or share your favorite poem/poems with a friend.
Join us as we celebrate the beauty and power of poetry on World Poetry Day!
Writing: Dusty Owen
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