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On the occasion of World Poetry Day, Fedactio celebrates rhymes and verses, unexpected tools of social cohesion

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Today, on the occasion of World Poetry Day, Fedactio wishes to highlight this universal art, studied from an early age, which combines both the delicacy of a language and the dramas of our society. 

In ancient Greece, the Greeks already considered the poet as a creator, capable of developing the language while suggesting strong emotions through verses. In Italy, in the Middle Ages, it was Dante Alighieri, the poet who was nicknamed "the father of the Italian language" who left his mark forever on world literature thanks to his Divine Comedy. Since then, poetry has occupied an important place in our society.

UNESCO launched World Poetry Day on 21 March 1999. The purpose of this day is to pay tribute to the benefits of poetry at different levels, namely linguistics, cohesion and interculturality, creativity and education. Poetry knows how to highlight the beauty of a language as well as the value and weight of words. Therefore, she combines power and delicacy and speaks to everyone. Indeed, no need for a universal language to feel the emotion of poetry. In addition, it makes it possible to preserve certain languages that are now endangered. In other words, it saves part of the world's cultural and linguistic heritage.

In Belgium, la Maison Internationale de la Poésie Arthur Haulot, a Brussels NGO that works in collaboration with the Federation Wallonia-Brussels, the Belgian Development Cooperation Department and UNESCO, is committed to the dissemination of poetry. The NGO wishes to illustrate and make poetry known to as many people as possible through her Journal des Poètes. This periodical appears every three months and contains several categories, including the one entitled "Voix Nouvelles", which promotes poets still unknown to the general public. If the promotion of new talent is important, education is also one of their priorities. The "Poètes en classe" action aims to raise awareness of poetry among teenagers and teachers in Brussels and Walloon schools. Students have the opportunity to talk with one or more poets and to learn about poetry and all its components.

Poetry not only helps to preserve the world's cultural and linguistic heritage, but also promotes international cohesion and interculturality. The fact that simple or engaged poetry is a universal art facilitates dialogue between cultures and thus diversity and openness of mind. Léopold Sédar Senghor is a perfect example. This Senegalese poet was the first President of the Republic of Senegal, the first African to take up residence at the Académie française and a disciple of Aimé Césaire and his famous concept of negritude. Léopold Sédar Senghor's engaged poetry cannot be dissociated from his political ideals, which wanted to restore Africa's splendour after long and hard years of colonization. Engaged poetry has a virtue: it has no borders. It can bring people together, work for peace, open minds and highlight the progress made by humanity.  

The educational and cultural approach of World Poetry Day goes hand in hand with the values promoted by Fedactio. Indeed, several of our platforms such as "Education" and "Social Cohesion and Dialogue" carry out actions that are perfectly in line with this approach. Fedactio is convinced that we can dream and shape a better world and that poetry is a way to achieve this. If this last one is so successful, it is because it exists in various forms. Whether written or oral, it is through this plurality that it transmits the creativity of individuals. Poetry, like other arts, allows human beings to share their creativity, their own perception of the world, but also their deepest feelings. Poets brighten our reality with their imagination, let us pay tribute to them.  
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