Today, 21 March, marks the 17th annual celebration of World Poetry Day which was first declared thus by Unesco in 1999. The day celebrates and promotes poetry, free speech and literature.
“By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act, UNESCO recognizes in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world – poetry contributes to the expansion of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness.” – Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
Poetry unites humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. These words promote peace and can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.