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The Giant Poem project on World Poetry Day

Giant Poem on World Poetry Day

In 1999, UNESCO declared March 21 as World Poetry Day. According to UNESCO, “World Poetry Day is an invitation to reflect on the power of language and the full development of each person’s creative abilities”.

In 2007, Angel Arenas, a Spanish writer and anthropologist, launched The Giant Poem project. The initiative consists in writing a collective poem on a huge roll of paper in public spaces to celebrate cultural diversity and encourage dialogue, peace and creativity. This year, the event is taking place in Aranjuez, a town in central Spain. Previously, the initiative has developed in 51 cities from 22 countries, and has gained support from UNESCO and several other institutions around the world.

You can contribute to the project by sharing your favorite poems on the Facebook page, and organisers will add them to the Giant Poem.

For additional information and a gallery of pictures of the different Giant Poems worldwide, click HERE.

Happy World Poetry Day!

Here’s one of my favourite poems, Hope is the thing with feathers, by Emily Dickinson:



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