World Poetry Day is celebrated every year on March 21 and was declared by UNESCO in 1999 to commemorate poetry, free speech and literature.

According to the former UNESCO director-general, Irina Bokova, “By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, who imagine and act, UNESCO recognizes in poetry its value as a symbol of the human spirit’s creativity. By giving form and words to that which has none - such as the unfathomable beauty that surrounds us, the immense suffering and misery of the world - poetry contributes to the expansion of our common humanity, helping to increase its strength, solidarity and self-awareness.”

To commemorate poetry and World Poetry Day 2019, here are 10 quotes from famous poets:

  1. “Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute”- Edgar Allen Poe
  2. “A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day”- Emily Dickinson
  3. “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words”- Robert Frost
  4. “Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing”- Sylvia Plath
  5. “Faith is a bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark”- Rabindranath Tagore
  6. “Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility”- William Wordsworth
  7. “The poetry of the earth is never dead”- John Keats
  8. “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice”- T.S. Elliot
  9. “I exist as I am, that is enough”- Walt Whitman
  10. “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly”- Langston Hughes.