Today is World Poetry Day–March 21

magnetic fridge poetryWorld Poetry Day was declared by UNESCO in 1999. Each year, UNESCO meets and focuses on some particular poet and his or her works. Often, the spotlight is cast on poetry written in a minority or even rare and endangered language. Poetry recitals and similar events may also be held in various countries in recognition of the day.


Have you read a poem that touched your heart

Or almost tore your soul apart?

Moved you to tears or made you think

Raised your courage or had it shrink?

Brightened you day or darkened your night

Leaving you shivering in abject fright.

If it made an impact, and you know it

Please remember to thank the poet.

It’s a great precursor for April which is Poetry Month.

Did you know that there was an  American Poetry Museum in Washington, DC?

  • It’s at 716 Monroe St NE #25th, Washington, DC 20017
  • Hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 5-8 PM and Saturday and Sunday, 10-4.

The American Poetry Museum (APM) is dedicated to celebrating poetry, promoting literacy, fostering meaningful dialogue, encouraging an appreciation for the diversity of the American experience, and educating local, national, and international audiences through the presentation, preservation and interpretation of American poetry.

Founded in 2004, APM is one of the first museums in the world dedicated to collecting, interpreting and presenting American poetry. We are committed to the continuation of poetry as a literary and performance art and the use of poetry as an active tool for education.

14 thoughts on “Today is World Poetry Day–March 21”

  1. Even though I went to a small, rural high school in the South, my English teacher (the same one for four years) was big on our memorizing poetry: Coleridge, Pope, Milton, Wordsworth, Burns, and Robert Service to name a few. One year, Roger and I threw a Christmas party which required our guests to recite/read a poem rather than bring bring gifts. My contribution was the Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, and Roger’s was the Shooting of Dangerous Dan McGrew. One of my favorite poems is John Anderson, My Jo by Burns. It just seems to sum up life.

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    1. I think we are “of an age”. I too memorized the opening section to the prologue of Canterbury Tales in high school English. Our oratory assignment included in-class recitation of the Prologue and of some other section of the Prologue. My second selection was the prologue to the Knight’s Tale, which I can remember even now, over 50 years later…”A knight ther was and that a worthy man, that fro the tyme he first bigan to ryden out, he loved chivalrye, trouthe and honour, fredom and curteisye…” We had fun with that assignment.

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      1. You are amazing, Dr. Loon. I remember the Knight’s tale although I never memorized any part of it. Maybe now that so much is returning to old school ways, perhaps students will once again memorize poetry. Although now they memorize song/rap lyrics.


  2. Sounds like a really neat party. I had to learn part of the Prologue to Canterbury Tales in Middle English in high school I can still recall some of it–would not vouch for the accuracy of my pronunciation. I have CD where an American sings John Anderson, My Jo. She also plays the Irish harp while singing the song. Thanks for commenting.

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  3. It’s only right that Poetry Day is on the first day of spring.Too early for red roses, but not for blue violets. And even though the following is in free verse, it is words to live by:KEEP HEALTHY

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  4. Don, LOL at your response. I’ve seen some lovely blue violets in the woods.
    Seems like flowers and toilet paper are in reciprocating ratios, as one appears, the other disappears.


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