Coronavirus mars World Poetry Day celebrations

Poets hope the crisis will soon pass

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 22:24, Mar 21,2020


World Poetry Day, which was scheduled to be observed across the country on Saturday through holding rallies, processions, reciting poems, was not observed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognises the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

UNESCO first adopted March 21 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.

Jatiya Kabita Parishad general secretary Tarik Sujat told New Age on Saturday that many organisations hold programmes making the day every year but no programmes were held on Saturday due to the spread of coronavirus.

‘Life is more important than any other things in the world. The world is a global village and countries are connected with each other. Though we are politically divided by borders, when we are under threat, we have to face the crisis together. Coronavirus has been a great learning experience for the world,’ said Tarik Sujat.

Poet Rubi Rahman pointed out, ‘If we remain alive, we will be able to observe more Poetry Days. I urge the readers as well as the mass people to follow the doctor’s advices including washing hands, wearing masks and those who are ill should remain at home quarantine. If the crisis ends, life will be normal again.’

Poet Mohammad Nurul Huda mentioned, ‘I wrote a poem on my facebook timeline named “Kabita Nibash” portraying the coronavirus crisis. Human beings are alone and everybody has to leave the world as death is the ultimate destination. Poems articulate and enhance the inner beauty of humans.’

‘I urge all not to panic over coronavirus. Be neat and clean and fight with the virus as per the doctor’s directives. I hope the crisis would be over soon,’ added Nurul Huda.

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