25 Fascinating Facts about World Poetry Day 2015

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World Poetry Day is about love of the art form For the love of World Poetry Day 2015. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Today is March 21, and that means… it is World Poetry Day, an occasion to celebrate! Here are 25 fascinating facts about World Poetry Day that you might not yet know:

  1. It is a global initiative to encourage reading, writing, teaching, and publishing of the poetic art form.
  2. 1999 was a magical year; it held the declaration that began World Poetry Day. UNESCO adopted it during its 30th session in Paris. Here is a copy of the proclamation.
  3. March 21 is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  4. National Poetry Month occurs in April, AFTER World Poetry Day (they are NOT synonymous)
  5. Are you looking for a resource to teach children about poetry? Here you go: Eight Steps for Teaching Kids Poetry.
  6. Even if World Poetry Day lands on a weekday (it’s a Saturday in 2015), it…

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