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Poetry in the UNESCO Courier

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"Umbral" (1949-1950) by Wilfredo Lam, detail of the cover of the UNESCO Courier, December 1981

Adonis, Ai Qing, Breyten Breytenbach, Ernesto Cardenal, Jayne Cortez, Jean-Pierre Faye, Allen Ginsberg, Sony Labou Tan'si, Thiago de Mello, Amrita Pritam, Kazuko Shiraishi, Andrei Voznesenski... They all responded "present" to UNESCO’s appeal to declare together "War on War", and "to set the ethic of philosophy against military aggression, whatever its source and whatever its pretext." The UNESCO Courier echoed their voces.

Over the years, the Courier has hosted or dedicated its pages to many other poets: Taras Shevchenko, Rabindranath Tagore, Aimé Césaire, Ilya Chavchavadze, César Vallejo, Fernando Pessoa, Anna Akhmatova, Charles Malamoud, Edouard J. Maunick, Izet Sarajlić, Yehuda Amichaï...

The magazine also focused on many poetic traditions throughout the world: the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, Haiku, Mahavamsa, The Song of the Nibelungs... as well as on the greatest voices of the universal poetic tradition: Dante, Nasimi, Sadriddin Ayn..

To celebrate the World Poetry Day (21 March), we invite our readers to discover more than 100 articles on the world poetry, published over the last seventy years.

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