This day was established by UNESCO to increase people’s recognition of poetry’s “value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none – such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world – poetry contributes to the expansion of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness.”
On this day, poets unite and celebrate all the hard work put in each of the works produced to change the world, make a difference and pass on a message that they think the world needs to hear. This is for the poets who suffered as a result of their creativity, who were not appreciated for their love for words, who were turned down for being too direct or odd but also for those poets like Shakespeare who changed our world and contributed to our current education. Without these kind of people, the world would be such a different, sad place. So thank you, poets, for without you – without us – the love for putting words on paper and the poetry we are able to come up with would die and just be a thing of the past.