World Poetry Day : Poetry is one of the most ancient forms of creative expression, dating back to the earliest civilizations. Over the centuries, poetry has been used to convey emotions, tell stories, and offer commentary on the world around us.
Today, poetry remains an important art form, with poets from around the world continuing to inspire and challenge us with their words. World Poetry Day is celebrated on March 21st every year, and is an opportunity to recognize the importance of poetry in our lives and the world.
History of World Poetry Day:
World Poetry Day was first celebrated in 1999 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The day was established to promote the reading, writing, and teaching of poetry, as well as to encourage cultural exchange and dialogue.
UNESCO chose March 21st as the date for World Poetry Day because it is also the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, a time of renewal and rebirth.
Celebrating World Poetry Day:
There are many ways to celebrate World Poetry Day. Some people choose to read their favorite poems, while others write their own poetry or attend poetry readings. Many schools and universities hold events to mark the day, and libraries and bookstores often have displays of poetry books.
One of the best ways to celebrate World Poetry Day is to share poetry with others. This can be done by sending a favorite poem to a friend or family member, or by posting a poem on social media. Poetry can also be shared by participating in poetry slams or open mic nights, or by starting a poetry club or writing group.
The Power of Poetry:
Poetry has the power to move us, to inspire us, and to challenge us. Through poetry, we can explore complex emotions and experiences, and gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Poetry can also be a powerful tool for social and political commentary, giving voice to marginalized communities and challenging dominant narratives.
One of the unique aspects of poetry is its ability to convey meaning through sound and rhythm, as well as through language. The use of meter, rhyme, and other poetic devices can create a musical quality to the words, enhancing their emotional impact. Poetry can also be used to experiment with language and form, pushing the boundaries of what is possible with words.
Global Poetry Traditions:
Poetry has a long and rich history in cultures around the world. From ancient Greek epics to Japanese haiku, poetry has been used to tell stories, record history, and express emotions. Each culture has its own unique poetic traditions, with different forms, themes, and styles.
One of the most well-known poetic traditions is that of the Arabic-speaking world. Arabic poetry dates back to pre-Islamic times, and has a long and complex history. Arabic poetry often features themes of love, nature, and politics, and is known for its intricate rhyme schemes and complex meters.
In Japan, the haiku is a traditional form of poetry that has gained popularity around the world. Haiku are short poems that consist of three lines, with a strict syllable count of 5-7-5. Haiku often focus on nature and the changing seasons, and aim to capture a moment or feeling in a few simple words.
In Africa, oral poetry traditions have been passed down through generations, with poets reciting poems as a form of storytelling and historical record-keeping. Many African poems use repetition and call-and-response structures, creating a musical quality to the words.
World Poetry Day is a time to celebrate the power of words and the art of poetry. Through poetry, we can explore the complexities of the human experience, gain a deeper understanding of the world around us, and challenge dominant narratives. By sharing poetry with others, we can build strengthen connections and promote cultural exchange.
As we celebrate World Poetry Day, let us remember the rich and diverse poetic traditions from around the world, and continue to appreciate the beauty and power of language. Whether we are reading, writing, or sharing poetry, let us embrace the magic of words and the transformative impact they can have on our lives and our world.
01. Tera Saayon Se Rukh Modna
Tera Palat Ke Phir Na Dekhna
Nahin Maaf Karunga Main..
Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Jab Tak Hai Jaan!!
02. It is saying that…….if you really desire something from the heart … then the whole universe will work towards getting you that….
03. Kal rashte pe gam mil gya tha.. lagkar gale maii ro diya…… jo sirf mera tha sirf mera…maine ussi ko kho diya
04. जब-जब दर्द का बादल छाया,
जब ग़म का साया लहराया,
जब आँसू पलकों तक आया,
जब ये तन्हा दिल घबराया,
हमने दिल को ये समझाया,
दिल आख़िर तू क्यों रोता है!
दुनिया में यूँ ही होता है,
ये जो गहरे सन्नाटे हैं,
वक़्त ने सब को ही बांटे हैं,
थोड़ा ग़म है सबका क़िस्सा,
थोड़ी धूप है सबका हिस्सा,
आँख तेरी बेकार ही नम है,
हर पल एक नया मौसम है,
क्यूँ तू ऐसे पल खोता है,
दिल आख़िर तू क्यूँ रोता है!
—YE ZINDAGI N MILEGI DOBARA….
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