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National Poetry Day celebrates the poetic art form, emphasising the importance of poetry in our everyday lives. It aims to ignite a passion for reading, writing, and sharing poems amongst individuals, communities, and institutions. This annual event highlights the power of language, showcasing the diversity of poetry, and encouraging people of all ages to engage with this timeless form of expression.
The origins of National Poetry Day date back to 1994 when it was founded by the Forward Arts Foundation. Since then, it has grown considerably, gaining widespread support and involvement from various sectors. For people in the United Kingdom, this event offers an opportunity to explore and appreciate the rich literary heritage that the country possesses.
During National Poetry Day, people across the UK participate in an array of activities such as poetry readings, workshops, and competitions. Schools, libraries, and bookshops often organise special events or displays, helping to promote an appreciation for poetry amongst communities. Each year, the celebration revolves around a specific theme, encouraging participants to contemplate and engage with poetry in a new light. Typically observed on the first Thursday of October, National Poetry Day is a testament to the enduring relevance and vitality of poetry within the United Kingdom.
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