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‘World Poetry Day’ celebrated virtually

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‘World Poetry Day’ celebrated virtually

US Embassy Dhaka and Cadet College Club Literary Society (CCCLS) jointly organised a virtual panel discussion to celebrate ‘World Poetry Day’ on Sunday, March 21, said a press release.

At the virtual discussion speakers mostly talked about the signification of the American youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman's poem ‘The Hill We Climb’. The poem got much attention from the world press and people when it was recited by Amanda Gorman herself at the inaugural ceremony of US President Joe Biden. 

Speakers also discussed how this poem sheds light on issues like social unjust, inequality and racism.

Again how it reflects humanity, hope, encourages unity, and the sheer courage of the young poet and the poem.  

At one point in the discussion, the poet’s talent was compared with Sukanta Bhattacharya and Kazi Nazrul Islam of Bangla literature. 

Member Secretary of CCCLS Avik Sanwar Rahman moderated the virtual event while Mashrur Shahid Hossain, Professor of English at Jahangirnagar University, gave a presentation on the poem.   

Co-Chair of CCCLS Lutful Hossain said, “It was amazing how Gorman took around five minutes to read the 723 words long poem. Poets reveal our surroundings and make us think from a new point of view."  

AKM Mazharul Islam, a member of CCCLS, shared the history of celebrating World's Poetry Day. How during different eras the celebrating date of World's Poetry Day changed.  And with what goals United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared March 21, 1999 as World Poetry Day. 

Talking about the philosophical depth of the poem Mazharul said, "This poem illustrates silence does not mean peace, and how poetry gives us courage".  

Public Affairs Officer of US Embassy Arlisa Reynolds, the embassy's Executive Officer Tes Eustaquio, Assistant Cultural Officer Khadiza Mahmud, Cadet College Club Ltd President Nasser Shahrier Zahedee and Chairperson of CCCLS Shakoor Majid along with other participants were present at the virtual programme. 

Participants also paid respects to George Harrison and Pandit Ravi Shankar for organising the Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, and Allen Ginsberg for his poem ‘September on Jessore Road’ on Bangladesh’s golden jubilee of independence.

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