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Happy National Poetry Day


National Poetry Day was set up by publisher William Sieghart CBE and is now organised by a charity called the Forward Arts Foundation. They’re hoping to promote the enjoyment, discovery and sharing of poetry, and this year’s theme is messages.


National Poetry Day is a celebration of odes, haiku, sonnets and all other kinds of poetry in between. The annual event, which happens every October 6, is a great excuse to read a new verse or rediscover a classic.

Here’s some great poems to read today:

If I can stop one heart from breaking by Emily Dickinson

‘If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.’


Written in the world by Jan Dean

‘I left you a message in the apple tree ‘blossom’ it said I meant you to be strong and happy I meant you to grow and shine I know you will be beautiful you are so loved, how could you not?’


Do you know what you are? by Rumi

‘Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that.’


What is your favourite poem? Is there a poem which inspires you?

From Russie with love,


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