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Poetry is not a trivial game of sounds, words and images; it has a creative, transformative power: UN Chief on World Poetry Day
This year, the World Poetry Day, March 21, coordinated by UNESCO, passed unnoticed and was under-covered by media in India since the students stayed away from the observance haunted by the worries caused by the CBSE's papers leaks. The observance was meant to celebrate the 'unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind'.

UNESCO wrote on its website, "Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures. Thus, the observance is meant to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities."

"The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity," stated UNESCO.

UNESCO Director-General's Message for the observance with a poetic piece authored by Langston Hughes, which goes like: "Dreams / Hold fast to dreams / For if dreams die / Life is a broken-winged bird / That cannot fly. / Hold fast to dreams / For when dreams go / Life is a barren field / Frozen with snow."

Praising the poem, UN Chief wrote, "These lines by the poet Langston Hughes are an invitation to a dream, an escape, and an emancipation. Poetry is undoubtedly the best form for expressing this yearning, since it touches upon the personal and allows for all freedoms. This poem is about the extraordinary power of words that open up infinite horizons, enhance our lives, change reality, embellish it, show it in a new light which has never been seen before."

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