National Poetry Day is an annual celebration that inspires people throughout the UK to enjoy, discover and share poems. Everyone is invited to join in, whether by organising events, displays, competitions or by simply posting favourite lines of poetry on social media using #nationalpoetryday.
The theme for this year is ‘freedom’
One of my favourite poets of all time – Mary Angelou.
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.
But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing
The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
Everyone has a favourite Freedom poem: here are some classics of the genre that we hope you will enjoy sharing on National Poetry Day. Read other poems about ‘Freedom’ chosen by National Poetry Day.
The Poetry Archive created an audio collection of poems based on the theme ‘Freedom’, containing a range of both contemporary and classic poetry. Listen to poems by poets including Edwin Brock, Langston Hughes and Olive Senior, and read along on the Poetry Archive website.