KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 29: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales visits the Sandringham Flower Show on July 29, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

National Poetry Day is a British campaign to promote poetry, including public performances.National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by William Sieghart. It takes place annually in the UK and Ireland on a Thursday in late September/early October. Since its inception, it has engaged millions of people across the country with live events, classroom activities and broadcasts.

“By enjoying, discovering or sharing a poem — words that draw attention to themselves — you change the nature of the national conversation.”

It’s National Poetry Day in the U.K. and Prince Charles found the perfect way to celebrate. First started in 1994, the day now consists of sharing poetry through web-based activities, live events and more.

This year’s theme is “messages.” Below are 11 poems you should read in honor of National Poetry Day.

“A poem can reach places that prose just can’t,” National Poetry Day director Susannah Herbert said. “That’s why we’re inviting all with anything important to say today to say it with a poem. It can be new or old, utterly original or a familiar favorite.

“That’s why we’re inviting all with anything important to say today to say it with a poem. It can be new or old, utterly original or a familiar favourite.

“It can be deep and dark, funny or memorable. By enjoying, discovering or sharing a poem – words that draw attention to themselves – you change the nature of the national conversation.”

 

National Poetry Day is coordinated by the charity Forward Arts Foundation, whose mission is to celebrate excellence in poetry and increase its audience.

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