Why Is World Poetry Day Celebrated

World Poetry Day is celebrated each year on 21 March to signify the importance and vitality of poetry in our lives. It honors poets, encourages writing, and awareness of the poetry genre. Established in 1999, it is a moment to recognize the diverse and limitless possibilities of poetry, to introduce new audiences, and to share and discuss poetry from various cultures.

In the words of UNESCO’s Secretary-General, world poetry day is a celebration of the universality of poetry—as a source of cultural expression, understanding, and peace. Poetry touches our lives and draws us closer to the world and its many cultures, providing us with a means to better understand one another, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.

The celebration has become widespread and brings together a diverse global community of poets, fans and advocates of poetry, who wish to bring the art of poetry and language to the attention of the government and public. Each year hosts special events, such as poetry readings, music performances, conferences, and workshops.

From what once was a simple form of communication became something more sophisticated, almost like a type of portable art. Every period and every generation of humanity has left its mark on history through the beautiful art of poetry. It was something that was passed on from generation to generation, that remained unwavering for many centuries.

Poetry served as an inspiration for countless works of literature, art, theatre, and film, as well as greater conversations about truth, beauty, ethics and morality. It is a timeless genre, encapsulating the voice of humanity.

But modern poetry has evolved beyond traditional meter and rhyme; contains more accessible language, more political and social commentary, and more texture. It tells stories about life and incorporates various other forms of expressions. As well as being widely accepted in academia, poetry today is written and shared by the masses in social media, allowing people to express their thoughts and feelings.

However, it is not easy to write poetry. It requires creativity, imagination and a deep understanding to create a powerful piece. Behind each poem is a story, and the writer remains conscious of how it will be interpreted by the reader. That is why world poetry day is an important reminder to celebrate and appreciate those remarkable pieces of art.

The Impact of Poetry

The beauty of poetry lies in its ability to affect each reader differently. A poem can be interpreted various ways and to discover its hidden or deeper messages requires deep reflection. It can also provide comfort and assurance in difficult times, helping someone gain insight and knowledge.

Throughout history, a great variety of topics were taken on by poets and their works. Many famous works were dedicated to the issues of war, religion, policies and world leaders. This allows us to get a view of how poetic talent was used in the past and how it can be used to bring awareness to important issues.

The rise of social media has also seen poetry used to broadcast a message in a very effective way. Some poets have harnessed platforms like Twitter to reach out to a much wider audience. These tweets contain precise verses that are mostly about important issues such as racism and gender equality.

Poetry allows people to share experiences, connect with one another, and it has the power to bring together individuals from various backgrounds and cultures and to educate. Through their work, poets can bring awareness to important issues, inspire conversations, and even bring about change.

The Challenges of Poetry

Despite the fact that more and more writers have discovered the potential of poetry, the genre is still often overlooked by publishers. Whilst it is rising in popularity, few people actually buy books of poetry or attend live readings or open mic events.

Just like other genres and art forms, writers and fans of poetry must work together to spread the word. It requires a concerted effort to help it reach its full potential and, though social media is helpful, it sometimes is not enough.

A lack of financial support, in particular, continues to be an issue. Many poetry projects and events often lack the necessary funding, and this is just one of the reasons why poets struggle to make a living off of their craft. Poets have to be wise in how they use their time, because making a living out of their work may require them to do something else as well.

Therefore, it is all about inspiring and promoting the art of poetry, so that it can succeed, be shared and experienced by more and more people. Global Poetry Day is an important step, raising awareness of the genre, and encouraging people to put their literary talent into action.

Advancing Poetry

New technologies have made it much easier for poets to reach a wider audience, and this is transforming the way people write, experience and appreciate poetry. As technology continues to be implemented in day-to-day life, poets are embracing it, and this is pushing the boundaries of the genre.

The use of modern devices can help poets develop their creative skills, such as editing and creating soundscapes. But devices can also be used to create digital experiences, such as virtual reality and augmented reality. Writers can combine words, visual images, and immersive experiences, to create more powerful expressions of their thoughts and feelings.

This means that poetry is much more accessible than ever before and can reach a much wider audience. As the art of poetry continues to evolve, it is possible to see how it can be further developed, enhanced, and adapted to meet the standards of future generations.


World Poetry Day is an important reminder of the power of poetry and its ability to bring people together. It raises awareness of the genre and encourages people to write and share their poetry. Though the poetry scene has its challenges, it is a beautiful source of expression, culture, and insight. And, with the continuous advancement of technology, it is becoming easier for poets to reach more people, making poetry even more accessible.

Dannah Hannah is an established poet and author who loves to write about the beauty and power of poetry. She has published several collections of her own works, as well as articles and reviews on poets she admires. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a specialization in poetics, from the University of Toronto. Hannah was also a panelist for the 2017 Futurepoem book Poetry + Social Justice, which aimed to bring attention to activism through poetry. She lives in Toronto, Canada, where she continues to write and explore the depths of poetry and its influence on our lives.

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