World Poetry Day 2022- History, Aim, Quotes and more

World Poetry Day is celebrated on the 21 st day of March and was established to be a day of celebration by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1999. The main aim of this day is to help to promote diversity of language by expressing poetry and increasing the chances for languages that are endangered being heard”.

World Poetry day purpose is to promote the reading, writing, publishing, and teaching of poetry throughout the world.

It was usually celebrated in October, but during the later part of the twentieth century, the world community was celebrating it on the 15th of October, which was the day of birthday celebrations for Virgil who was a Roman poet epic as well as poet laureate of Augustus.

The custom of using the date of October for poems of the world’s national and international day celebrations is observed in a number of nations. For instance, the United Kingdom generally uses the first Thursday of October, but in other places, a different date, such as a month, such as an October date, is observed.

Here are some great Poetry we are sharing with you on World Poetry Day:-

1- Deep into that darkness peering,

Long I stood there, wondering, fearing,

Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals

Ever dared to dream before;

But the silence was unbroken,

And the stillness gave no token,

And the only word there spoken

Was the whispered word, “Lenore!”

This I whispered, and an echo

Murmured back the word, “Lenore!”

Merely this, and nothing more.

by Edgar Allen Poe


2- Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glow’s worldwide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

by Emma Lazarus


3- Because I could not stop for Death,

He kindly stopped for me;

The carriage held but just ourselves

And Immortality. 

by Emily Dickinson


4- Turning and turning in the widening gyre   

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst   

Are full of passionate intensity.

by William Butler Yeats


5- Willows whiten, aspens shiver.

The sunbeam showers break and quiver

In the stream that runneth ever.

By the island in the river


5- Flowing down to Camelot.

Four gray walls, and four gray towers

Overlook a space of flowers,

And the silent isle imbowers

The Lady of Shalott.

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson


6- Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

by Robert Frost


7- We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And a mouth with myriad subtleties.

by Paul Laurence Dunbar


8- There is a place where the sidewalk ends

And before the street begins,

And there the grass grows soft and white,

And there the sun burns crimson bright,

And there the moon-bird rests from his flight

To cool in the peppermint wind.

by Shel Silverstein