Poems, as many would agree, are at once fiercely private and astonishingly public. They tell you that your sorrows are not unique, and neither the experience that you are going through. The whole world is sharing them with you. In order to celebrate poetic expression and the linguistic diversity, every year World Poetry Day is celebrated on March 21. The day was adopted in 1999 during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris. Apart from celebrating the diversity, one of the main objectives of the day is to offer endangered languages an opportunity to be heard and read within communities.
The day also seeks to reprise the age-old tradition of poetry recitals, mark a confluence between poetry and other creative fields like theatre, music and dance and also promote teaching poetry. The day is also designated to find newer ways to make poetry accessible and not make it seem outdated.
On this day, people have taken to social media to share their favourite lines. From Robert Frost to Sara Kay, people on the Internet are quoting their favourite poets. While one quoted Frost’s famous poem The Road Not Taken and wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by/ And that has made all the difference” another wrote, “There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”