March 21st is World Poetry Day. One objective of the world poetry day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression.
When you observe this day, you encourage reciting of poetry and appreciate this art.
Have you wondered why we love poetry so much? It’s because it is literature that works through sounds, images and intensity giving the expression to feelings and ideas by use of a distinctive style and rhythm.
If you are like me, you must be asking when poetry began?
History of Poetry
Poetry has been around for thousands of years. It is believed that one of the earliest works of poetry dates as far back as the 18th century BC.
There was a poem discovered by archaeologists called; “The Epic of Gilgamesh.”
This poem is believed to tell the story of King Gilgamesh who was half God and half man.
During that time, a lot was written about the great flood which the Bible talks about in the days of Noah.
One of my favorite poets is Dr. Maya Angelou. Of all her poems, my favorite one is “Still I Rise.”
Another poem I like is ‘Contentment’ by Michaela Macha.
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I love this poem because it talks to those of us who work hard.
Read on and enjoy.
After you’ve worked hard all day,
Doing your best as best as you may!
Listen to God’s own voice.
Rest, contented and rejoice!
Nothing more remains to do.
Look within; we are with you!
All freelancers and self-publishers can identify with this poem.
Yes, when you have done your best, just rest!
Africa has great poets too. What a lovely surprise when I found this Facebook page.
Like this page and enjoy the great African poets today as they recite their beautiful art.
Another site you may be interested in from Africa is the Center of Creative Arts website.
Did you know the Bible has some of the greatest poems?
I love Psalm 19. There are so many Poems that are sung from this one chapter.
Psalm 19: 1-6 (NIV)
For the director of music; a psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech; they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens, God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
I love reading the Psalms; they are beautiful and poetic.
On March 21st, I plan to begin my day by reading Psalm 19.
What do you intend to do on March 21st?
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