Today, March 21st, we celebrate World Poetry Day.
It’s been twenty-one years since UNESCO decided to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day, having “recognized the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind”.
Poetry has always helped people grapple with the challenges of the day, understand life and their world, explore and find meaning in transitional life events.
Poetry invites us to dive into a sea of emotions and thoughts and go beyond our preconceptions.
Poetry liberates us, challenges us to welcome and embrace humanity, to cherish life, to be truly imaginative and creative, to think differently and go beyond ourselves.
During these unprecedented and worrying times, poetry can help us become less ignorant of each other and more compassionate.
To celebrate World Poetry Day, twelve students, who attended “TIS 311 Literary Translation” during the winter semester, translated a number of poems from English into Greek and vice versa. Through their translations we are able to reflect on the power of language and explore its beauty.
You are invited to read these poems by clicking on this link.
Happy World Poetry Day!
Chara, Despoina, Maria G., Maria L., Maria S., Markella, Martha, Stella, Stelios, Tania, Vasiliki, Xanthoula, and also Athena, Antonis, Georgios, Ioannis, Lydia, Maria Melpomeni, thank you for this amazing journey!
Department of Translation and Intercultural Studies
School of English