Happy World Poetry Day 2017! Which poets are being celebrated and why is it held?
World Poetry Day is celebrated once a year in honour of poets across the world and their work
SOME people see poetry as fitting rhyming words together and a subject your are forced to study at school.
But to others it is one of the greatest ways to express feelings and emotions in a way to bring people together.
And with that in mind, once a year, people mark World Poetry Day to celebrate its contribution to the world. Here’s all you need to know…
World Poetry Day is held year on March 21 after UN body UNESCO adopted the date after an agreement in Paris in 1999.
In the proclamation, UNESCO agreed that poetry can meet a social role as it ‘arouses and expresses awareness’ of a range of issues.
It also added that poetry can help young people reconnect with their roots and change the way they look at their place in the world.
World Poetry Day is celebrated globally, but in the UK, schools instead mark National Poetry Day.
This will take place on Thursday, September 28, 2017 and the theme of this year’s event will be ‘freedom’.
World Poetry Day is held to celebrate cultural expression and identity that comes through poetry.
According to UNESCO, every culture on every continent on earth enjoys poetry as it speaks to our ‘common humanity and shared values.’
During World Poetry Day, poets are honoured, recitals take place and schools promote the reading and writing of poetry.
It is hoped that by celebrating poetry, people will see it as a treasured art form and something that should be considered as important.
And organisers hope this will dismiss poetry’s image as being out of date and boring.
All poets are being celebrated on World Poetry Day, but UNESCO have chosen three with significant importance.
The first is Nikoloz Baratashvili from Georgia with 2017 marking the 200th anniversary of his birth.
He only had a short body of work due to his untimely death at the age of 26 but is often referred to as the ‘Georgian Byron.
Also being celebrated is Molla Panah Vagif, with 2017 also being the 300th anniversary of her birth.
An Azerbaijani poet, he was the founder of the realism genre and was also a popular statesman and diplomat.
While the final poet being remembered is Sayyid ‘Imād-ad-Dīn on the 600th anniversary of his death.
Also known as Nasimi, he lived in 14th century Azerbaijian and Turkey and created most of his work in Arabic.
It is believed he was convicted of apostasy and was executed by being skinned alive. His tomb in modern day Aleppo in Syria, remains a place of pilgrimage.