we National Poetry Day 2017 Theme Is Freedom ~ Naija Poets
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Freedom has been  tagged the theme for the upcoming poetry day celebration 2017. Very awesome and thoughtful in the sense that the universe seek freedom from fear and chaotic happenings around the globe. Poetry, with its origin from Greek word "poiesis" is a deep thought form of art created in broken lines for verse motive. Poetry has been one of the classic and best means of communication_ a true reasonable medium to claim the freedom of humans at this present era.  

The National Poetry Day 2017 celebration tends to hold 28th of September, has caused the BBC working with the Forward Arts Foundation to commission 12 local poets across England to each write a poem based on a distinctive local expression. The chosen expressions will be taken from words that have been suggested by listeners to BBC Local Radio, on social media, and in interviews and discussions. The words suggested will also be considered for inclusion in the OED which seems a flavor to dialects and also broadens the scope of English language.

This link at "WriteOutLoud" website has a very comprehensive idea as regards National Poetry Day and BBC team up with OED to unearth local words for poems | Write Out Loud

To join the event on twitter the following link is required #nationalpoetryday.

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