Written by Kaylyn Bodden

World Poetry Day 2017

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Poetry is the art of specific words organised in a particular pattern, strung together, designed to deliver a message in the most ascetic way. This art form has been around for centuries, and has evolved from being sung, to written, from abiding to strict rules of rhyme, to being free verse, from symbols of love to bedtime stories for children. However, the craft is still very much alive and celebrated.

World Poetry Day, observed on 21st March each year, was proclaimed so by the UNESCO in 1999 and has been in effect ever since.

The main objective for 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 is also meant to encourage the return to traditional oral recitals of poetry.

The Caribbean is known for its compassionate, artistic, culture-rich communities that have been contributing to the art of poetry for years. Some well-known Caribbean poets include Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, Mutabaruka, Linton Kewsi Johnson, Lorna Goodison, Delroy Williams and Staceyann Chin.

Poetry continues to be taught in schools and practiced today, proving that it remains an ever-evolving art form that will carry on and adapt in the years to come.

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