Random Acts Of Poetry Day

Observed on the first Wednesday in October, Random Acts of Poetry Day encourages people not only to read poetry but also to put their quill to paper and create their own. This is an important holiday because reading and writing poetry have several benefits.

It helps with developmental learning, improves ideas, and can be emotionally cathartic. It also helps people not only understand the significance of words but also their concept of the world.

It can also improve a person’s understanding of their fellow humans and instill empathy. All are great reasons for everyone to show this day the respect it deserves.

The History of Random Acts of Poetry Day

At this time, we’re unable to uncover who invented this holiday or even where in the world it first began. It just appeared on the internet one day, and people started to observe it. What we do know is that it was created sometime in 2014 or 2015. That much we know for sure.

Some Important Facts About Poetry

Below are a few humble facts about poetry that we want to leave for all of our readers.

  • Anyone looking for World Poetry Day can find it is observed on March 21st.
  • German philosopher Johann Georg Hamann described poetry as the mother tongue of the human race.
  • Pablo Neruda, Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats, and T.S. Eliot all won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  • It’s believed that poetry is the oldest form of literature in the world.
  • The card game cribbage was invented by the 17th-century poet Sir John Suckling.
  • The fear of poetry is called “Metrophobia.”
  • In the 17th century, John Dryden invented the rule prohibiting ending a sentence with a preposition. Most writers ignore this rule.

Observing Random Acts of Poetry Day

Aside from reading poetry, how is this day observed? Well, one way to observe it is by writing poems and leaving them in random places. This can be in a library book, on a table in the cafeteria, or somewhere else where it will be found by another person.

Just be sure not to leave it in places where it will get blown away. You can also leave short poems for people in the comments of blogs. No matter how you celebrate this day, be sure to use the hashtag #RandomActsOfPoetryDay to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 2 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
October 1 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
October 4 Wednesday
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