The international day of poetry is March 21 and is celebrated to support linguistic diversity and give the opportunity to threatened languages to be a vehicle of artistic communication. In addition, it is an important day to promote the teaching of poetry and remember the most striking poets of our time.

And at iNMSOL we love this day!

 

This celebration was born in 1999, when UNESCO decided to proclaim 21 March World Poetry Day at the proposal of the editor Antonio Pastor Bustamante. As this date also denotes the beginning of spring, we speak of Spring of the Poets.

But what is poetry?

Of course we know that poetry is a literary genre through which man expresses his emotions and his deepest feelings. Everyone usually faces poetry for the first time during the school years, but they always end up thinking it’s something boring.

That is why on March 21 many institutions around the world encourage children to read more: activities are organized in schools and poetry is often shared on social networks with the hashtag #DiamundialdelaPoesia.

As lovers of culture and language, for us it is one of our favorite days. Therefore, we have decided to share this initiative with you and we will give you a poetry by Lope de Vega:

Desmayarse, atreverse, estar furioso

Áspero, tierno, liberal, esquivo

Alentado, mortal, difunto, vivo

Leal, traidor, cobarde y animoso

No hallar fuera del bien centro y reposo

Mostrarse alegre, triste, humilde, altivo

Enojado, valiente, fugitivo

Satisfecho, ofendido, receloso

Huir el rostro al claro desengaño

Beber veneno por licor suave

Olvidar el provecho, amar el daño

Creer que un cielo en un infierno cabe

Dar la vida y el alma a un desengaño

Esto es amor, quien lo probó lo sabe

Creer que un cielo en un infierno cabe

Dar la vida y el alma a un desengaño

Esto es amor, quien lo probó lo sabe

Creer que un cielo en un infierno cabe

Dar la vida y el alma a un desengaño

Esto es amor, quien lo probó lo sabe

Creer que un cielo en un infierno cabe

Dar la vida y el alma a un desengaño

Esto es amor, quien lo probó lo sabe

Esto es amor, quien lo probó lo sabe

 

In this 17th century sonnet, the author shows us what love really is, with its lights and shadows. There is a description of love with its double face, before the lover is happy but then feels frustration and even realizes being victim of the ugliest part of love: disappointment…

¡Gorgeous!

Tell us: Poetry catches your attention? Is there a particular poet who has stolen your heart?

Tell us in the comments and tag us on your social networks sharing your favorite poem! @iNMSOL

 

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