Poem In Your Pocket Day for the year 2022 is celebrated/observed on Saturday, April 29th. There are until the next observance.

Every year on April 29th, “Poem in Your Pocket Day” is observed to encourage people around the United States to express themselves through poetry. The holiday originated in 2002, when the Mayor’s Office in New York City, in partnership with the city’s Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education, declared that this day would be designated as “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” People are encouraged to write their own poetry, perform their own work, or produce art inspired by poetry. Of course, the goal is to remind people of their involvement in the live art of poetry.

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📆 When is Poem In Your Pocket Day?

This year, Poem In Your Pocket Day falls on the 5th Saturday in April; in 2024, it is on Monday.

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Did you know: The term “poetry” is derived from the Greek word “poiesis,” which means “making.”

📜 History of Poem In Your Pocket Day

Poetry arose at many stages throughout history. In Africa, for example, the art stretches back to prehistoric periods, when humans penned poetry in the Nile, Niger, and Volta River valleys. The “Pyramid Texts,” written as early as the 25th century B.C., include some of the region’s oldest poetry. The “Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor,” written in Hieratic circa 2500 B.C., is thought to be the first work of speculative fiction poetry. Others claim that “The Epic of Gilgamesh” is the oldest work of its sort. Aside from these two, the Greek “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” as well as the Sanskrit “Mahabharata” and “Ramayana,” are among the oldest poems. The “Mahabharata” is thought to be the longest poem ever written.
Poetry’s nature has changed over time, and various structural traditions and literary trends have come and gone. Poetry nowadays takes numerous forms, from song lyrics to stanzas of freeform, postmodern poetry.

☑️ Facts

Poet’s Day
Every August 21, a holiday known as “Poet’s Day” is observed.

The First Nobel Prize in Literature
Sully Prudhomme, a French writer and poet, was the first person to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Metrophobia
The dread of poetry is known as metrophobia.

Written in green
RJ Reynolds stated once more, this time on smoking and sickness, “We are vehemently opposed to warning labels on cigarette cartons.” “Cigarette warnings may incorrectly indicate that smoking causes illness.”

✨ Things to do on Poem In Your Pocket Day

Write a poem
The purpose of Poem in Your Pocket Day is to encourage poetry. So, compose a poem now!

Create art from poetry
If words aren’t your thing, make something else out of an existing poem-a picture, origami, whatever. Show off your imagination.

Talk about it on social media
Talk about Poetry in Your Pocket Day on social media to spread the word. You can share the poetry or artwork you created with your social network.

📅 Poem In Your Pocket Day Observances

YEAR DATE DAY
2022 April 29 Friday
2023 April 29 Saturday
2024 April 29 Monday
2025 April 29 Tuesday
2026 April 29 Wednesday

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