World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day Quick Facts - IN

HashtagsCompiled on#WorldPoetryDay, #PoetryDay
Related Hashtags#Poetry, #PoetryCommunity, #Poem
2024 Date21 March 2024
2025 Date21 March 2025

World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day in
Days to go: 

Top X Posts (formerly Tweets) for World Poetry Day -


World Poetry Day History

World Poetry Day celebrates the expressive art of poetry that grabs and engages our emotions, while expressing our deepest thoughts and feelings. The day acknowledges the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. It promotes not just the reading, writing, publishing, and teaching of poetry worldwide but also presents the linguistic diversity of poetry and encourages endangered languages through poetic expression.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1999, at its 30th conference, declared 21st March as World Poetry Day, recognizing the importance of poetry in promoting peace, dialogue and intercultural understanding. In India, where poetry has been a fundamental part of its rich cultural and literary heritage, this day holds significant value. From the ancient vedic verses to contemporary literature, India houses a reservoir of celebrated poets who have contributed to the world of poetry. The day thus, serves as a platform to honor these poets and appreciate their artistry which is deeply rooted in Indian culture.

In observance of World Poetry Day, various literary activities are conducted across India. Educational institutions host poetry readings and competitions aimed at fostering the love of poetry among younger generations. Media and publishers highlight the works of poets, both renowned and budding. Poetry events and workshops are also organized to encourage aspiring writers. World Poetry Day is observed on March 21st, advocating the significance of poetry in our lives.

Facts about World Poetry Day

  • The oldest love poem in the world was written on a clay tablet during the Sumerian times, which was around 3500 BC.
  • William Shakespeare is most often praised for his work as a playwright however he also wrote several poems. They were just as well received as his plays, some are, The Phoenix and the Turtle, Fear no more the heat o' the sun, and from The Rape of Lucrece.
  • Mahabharata is the longest poem in the world. The Indian epic poem contains about 1.8 million words.
  • Poetry played a pivotal role during the Indian freedom struggle with many poets like Subramania Bharati writing patriotic verses to inspire the masses. Even Rabindranath Tagore's poem "Jana Gana Mana" is the national anthem of India.
  • India has contributed greatly to various forms of poetry. For instance, the 'Doha' form of Hindi poetry, the 'Ghazal' form in Urdu poetry, the 'Shayari' form widespread across many languages, and many more.

Top things to do in India for World Poetry Day

  • Read up about riddles, rhymes, limericks and sonnets and then try to write your very own original poem. Once written, share it on social media as a picture or a note.
  • Go see a poetry slam show. It is often a dramatic performance in which poets recite their poetry. It is considered to be one of the most interesting ways of engaging poetry.
  • Attend Literature Festivals: There are several literature festivals hosted in India which often have special focus on poetry. Notably, the Jaipur Literature Festival involves debates, discussions, readings, performances dedicated to poetry.
  • Read a book to learn more about Poetry in India:
    The Oxford Anthology of Indian Poetry - Edited by Vinay Dharwadker & A.K. Ramanujan
    A History of Indian Poetry in English - by Rosinka Chaudhuri

Copyright 2002-2024 © Sapro Systems LLC • About Privacy Policy License Terms Corrections & Suggestions