Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   18 August 2022

Today is World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day

YEREVAN, MARCH 21, ARMENPRESS. Poetry – one of the highest forms of arts – is a world of human emotions, a harmonious world of imagination, feelings and creativity.

In 1999, UNESCO declared March 21 to be World Poetry Day.

 “If people are reading poems and are today also spreading them online, then poetry is answering some of their questions and issues”, Poet Husik Ara told ARMENPRESS .

Ara says poetry can have a great role. According to him, the art of speech is always priority, it is simply required to create an appropriate environment for its development.

“For me the book is a friend who talks to you, and the poem is the search of the author’s lifestyle in the reality where it was created”, he said.

Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.

One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.

English –translator/editor: Stepan Kocharyan


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