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World Poetry Day 2021: March 21

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated, World Poetry Day every year on March 21 across the globe. It is one of the humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity.

  • The day was observed to recognize the poetry movements nationally as well as internationally.
  • Note Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia, regarded as the earliest surviving notable literature and the second oldest religious text, after the Pyramid Texts.


i.The Objective of celebrating the World Poetry Day is to help linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to provide the endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

ii.To enhance 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.


During the 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) 1st observed the World Poetry Day on March 21.

Types of Poetry:

Blank verse: Poems which do not rhyme with each other but written with certain meters.

Rhymed poetry: To contrary to the Verses, rhymed poetry is related in terms of themes and tones of the poem.

Free verse: Free verse poetry is poetry that lacks a consistent rhyming scheme, metrical pattern, or musical form.

Epics: Epic poems are lengthy with the description of the adventure, theme, and every element in the poem. Also, written in a narrative manner.

About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):

Director-General – Audrey Azoulay

Headquarter – Paris, France