News Reading Rooms marks World Poetry Day 2018 World Poetry Day 2018 was on March 21. Celebrate poetry Poetry is an integral part of the Reading Rooms experience. Our literary guides trawl a vast array of anthologies and collections of local, national, and international poetry. In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognises the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Find out more about World Poetry Day The United Nations website has more information and links to multimedia resources to inspire you on World Poetry Day and every day.