World Poetry Day – 21st March

With our Poetry Competition Event soon approaching, we would like to remind you of World Poetry Day celebrated on 21st March.

World Poetry Day was adopted by UNESCO at their 30th session in 1999 in order to promote the recognition of the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry in all of it’s diverse traditions and forms; to recognise the contributions of poets; and to give fresh impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, it is UNESCO’s aim to recognise the unique capacity that poetry holds to capture the creative spirit of the human mind and share understanding and community through the arrangement of words in rhythm and meter.

As Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO states, poetry can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures, and reaffirm the common humanity that all people share by revealing and showcasing that across the world individuals experience the same questions and emotions – in this way, poetry is a fundamental expression of peace.

Studies have also found links between the reading and writing of poetry, and positive effects on the human mind. Poetry has been found to encourage emotional expression and release, provide comfort and solace in times of difficulty, stimulate areas of the brain linked to memory, encourage self-reflection and brain regions related to introspection, and enhance the learning of language, especially in children.

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