Poetry and the Library ……. Monday (or any day!)

Did you know that Monday March 21st is World Poetry Day?

‘In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind. A decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999. One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.’

UNESCO, n.d. (not dated), World Poetry Day 21 March [Online]. Available from: <http://www.un.org/en/events/poetryday/index.shtml> [Accessed 16th March 2016].

As a random exercise, members of the Offsite team searched the Library’s resources…….

Catalogue self-service screen shot

A search of the Library catalogue under the search term ‘poetry’ revealed ….. a massive 1472 entries when searching by subject and an even more phenomenal 1644 entries when searching by words/phrases.

As for Discover, the Library’s search engine, entering the word poetry led to a  staggering 1, 545, 942 results. Yes, that’s a search result in Discover of over a million and a half entries under poetry!

Why not celebrate World Poetry Day by dipping into some of the Library resources on offer – from 18th Century Women Poets and their Poetry, to Medieval Persian Court Poetry, there’s something for everyone. Many of the resources are available electronically too, for a quick and easy read.

Remember too, that whether you want help with poetry, or any other subject, the Academic Librarians are experts in the resources for their subject area, so why not take a look at the resource suggestions on the Library’s subject support pages?

You can also contact us here at Offsite, we’d love to hear from you!

 

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