Practiced throughout history – in every culture and on every continent – poetry speaks to our common humanity and our shared values, transforming the simplest of poems into a powerful catalyst for dialogue and peace.
Held every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity.
UNESCO first adopted 21 March as World Poetry Day during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999, with the aim of supporting linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increasing the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard. World Poetry Day is the occasion to honour poets, revive oral traditions of poetry recitals, promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry, foster the convergence between poetry and other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and raise the visibility of poetry in the media.
There are also many Finnish poets who has contributed to the Finnish literature. Aleksis Kivi is the celebrated poet within Finland for his literary contributions like plays, fictions and poetry.
Here is one poem of Aleksis Kivi translated in English.
An example of his poetry is reproduced here called My Heart’s Song. The melancholy tone and despair are obvious in the words, reflecting his state of mind when writing:
Poetry is the most beautiful form of creative expression that gives words to your subtle and deeper emotions. By using the means of poetry you express even the most difficult emotions otherwise impossible to share. The depth and beauty of a powerful poem can touch your heart straight. Being poetic is an asset, cherish your poetic side today and always!
-Shirin Kulkarni, Director, CCE Finland