Today is World Poetry Day and to celebrate this great event, below are four poems that are great to read for this creative event. These classic poems explore world poetry, so enjoy them with friend and family on this day and
The website, Green Leaf Files, has a fine selection of one of the greatest haiku writer's, Matsuo Basho. One really can't just read one because of how beautiful his works are. Matsuo Basho was a Japanese poet from the 17th century and his poetry has inspired the likes of poets like, Ezra Pound. Here's a sample of his work:
spiders have a cry?
well, what is chirping
"The Poet," was written by the 19th century Russian writer, Alexander Pushkin. Pushkin is hailed by some as the one of the greatest Russian writers and also as the founder of Russian Modern Literature. "The Poet," is one of many great poems that he wrote. Just by reading the first few lines of the first stanza it enthralls a person.
"Don't Despise Me," was written by Akka Mahadevi, she was a 12th Century poet and saint from Southern India. She wrote around 430 Vachannas, which is a form of didactic poetry. She is known as a figure of empowerment to women and her poem, "Don't Despise," is a great example of one of her many works.
"Utopia," was written by the 20th Century Polish poet, Wislawa Szymborska. Once she moved 1931 to Krakow with her family, she lived and worked there since her death in February of last year. She is the author of over 15 books of poetry and in 1996, she won the Nobel Prize. Her poem, "Utopia," makes us all wish for our own safe, perfect place to stay and a place where we can understand.
So those are just some of poems and poets to read today for World Poetry Day and for any day of the week to cherish.