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    World Poetry Day 2021: Know its history, theme and significance

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    In just about any language or culture, a single aspect or many of them are represented and expressed in various ways. One of them is literature. Apart from prose and drama, an integral part of the same is poetry.

    With a number of words coming together and rhyming, it is one of the most beautiful and prolific ways in which one can express themselves in any dialect. There are celebrated poets all around the globe whose contributions to the poetry world are deeply appreciated.

    Therefore, UNESCO came up with World Poetry Day that is celebrated on March 21. As the name suggests, this special day is dedicated to this lovely form of expression that people take ages to perfect.

    UNESCO adopted this on March 21 in its 30th General Conference held in Paris in the year 1999. Not only does this day celebrate the poetic contributions made not just in the major languages that we know of, but also the unknown languages as well.

    The day has no particular theme this year. What this day aims to do is to promote linguistic diversity. There are certain dialects that get lost in the shadow of the popular languages of the world. On World Poetry Day, UNESCO wants to give an opportunity to the endangered languages to express themselves as well as about their culture with the help of this medium.

    With the rise of technology and smartphones, some might believe that poetry might be a dying art. However, this very day aims to get rid of these misconceptions. In many educational institutions, poetry competitions are held to encourage young students to write. With the help of other mediums such as theatre, poetry is promoted in different parts of the world.

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