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March 21, 2017

Happy World Poetry Day!

Happy World Poetry Day!

Congratulations on the holiday and wishes of creative inspiration and enthusiasm!

March 21 is traditionally marked as World Day Poetry, one of the most brilliant achievements of mankind.

The decision to celebrate World Poetry Day was adopted at UNESCO's 30th session in 1999. The main purpose of the celebration is to promote linguistic diversity and to use verses to support the languages that are declining. Poetry may provide answers to the sharpest and deepest personal questions of a contemporary human; but it is necessary to draw the public's attention to it as much as possible, the decision describes.

Expressing feelings in verse, selecting rhymes that would contain views of life, dreaming about future and recalling the past while appealing to millions and being alone with yourself is a unique function of art, called poetry.

Today, to mark World Poetry Day, many countries are holding literary evenings, festivals, presentations of new books, and literary awards.

The Alma Mater is proud of its alumni — famous poets. Nikolai Aseev, Petro Hulak-Artemovsky, Vasyl Mysyk, Mykhailo Petrenko, Volodymyr Sosiura, Boris Chichibabin received their education at Kharkiv University. Contemporary poets are impressive in their creativity, too. In particular the Associate Dean of the School of Foreign Languages, Tatyana Varenko, received an honorable mention for her poem “Life Begins” in the 3rd Annual Adult Poetry Writing Contest “Rhyme On 2016” where the contest participants were 475 poets from all over the world. In 2015, Ms. Varenko won the silver medal in the Best Science Fiction/Fantasy nomination of the international literary contest Feathered Quill Book Awards for her cross-genre novel in verse Elfineness.

Karazin University is joining in the celebration of the holiday and wishes everyone to be inspired! Write poems without thinking of fame and immortality, as, citing our contemporary Lina Kostenko, "poetry is always a uniqueness, some immortal touch on the soul”.

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