National Poetry Day

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2022 Date6 October 2022
National Poetry Day

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National Poetry Day encourages everyone to enjoy, discover, and share poetry. This day aims to inspire people to explore the different types of poetry such as haiku, free verse, or sonnet. This day offers everyone a chance to explore poetry and to better understand the value it adds to society.

National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by the Forward Arts Foundation. It is observed annually on the first Thursday of October.

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National Poetry Day Facts

  • The theme for National Poetry Day in 2021 was Choice.
  • There are about 15 types of poetry. Some of the most recognisable are:
    1) Blank Verse
    2) Haiku
    3) Epics
    4) Sonnet
    5) Limerick
  • The oldest written poems to date are:
    1) The Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor (2500 BCE)
    2) The Epic of Gilgamesh (2100-1200 BCE)
    3) The Iliad and the Odyssey (8th century BCE)
    4) Ramayana and Mahabharata (3rd century BCE-3rd century CE)

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