The reading and writing culture has a lot to do with man’s daily communication even as poetry, a genre of literature, portrays itself as the mainstay of oral tradition.
The role poetry plays in human communication cuts across passing a message through reading and writing, because it also expresses human feelings, especially the innermost values of diverse cultures.
Today, Silverbird Television is celebrating with the world- the 2019 ‘World Poetry Day’ which comes occurs once every year.
World Poetry Day is usually celebrated on 21 March, and was declared by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1999.
Its purpose is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, as the original UNESCO declaration says, to “give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements”.
It was generally celebrated in October, but in the latter part of the 20th century the world community celebrated it on the 15th, the birthday of Virgil, the Roman epic poet and poet laureate under Augustus The tradition to keep an October date for national or international poetry day celebrations still holds in many countries.
The United Kingdom generally uses the first Thursday in October, which in 2018 falls on October 4, but elsewhere a different October, or even sometimes a November date, is celebrated.
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and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.