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World Poetry Day

An event created by UNESCO - poetry at its simplest is playing with words - a perfect outdoor activity.

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"Poetry is a window onto the breath-taking diversity of humanity."Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General

Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.

In 2021 Johnny Fluffypunk write this poetic manifesto for the importance of Forest School and connecting children to nature, as part of the Hot Poets climate science project.

HOT POETS - Jonny Fluffypunk, Put the Children by a Tree, written for Forest Schools Birmingham - YouTube

Taken from the UNESCO World Poetry Day website:

"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and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity."

World Poetry Day resources from Twinkl



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