World Poetry Day is celebrated every year on March 21 across the globe. The day is celebrated with the aim of encouraging linguistic diversity through poems and increasing the window of opportunity for endangered languages to be heard. 

To mark the occasion of World Poetry Day, The Nobel Prize institution took to Twitter to share a line from a poem written by Rabindranath Tagore, who was an Indian poet, writer, composer, philosopher, social reformer and painter. 

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In the tweet, the institution quoted a line from Tagore’s poem, “The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” It also gave a short description of the achievements of the late poet, who was “awarded the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature for his sensitive, fresh and beautiful poetry expressing his poetic thought.”

Tagore was a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, which was a new religious sect in 19th century Bengal. He wrote several poems including Manasi, Sonar Tori and Balaka.

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He was awarded Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 for ‘Gitanjali’, Tagore’s best-known collection of poems, becoming the second non-European to have achieved the feat. Tagore is the only person to have written national anthem for two nations, India and Bangladesh. 

Meanwhile, the celebrations of World Poetry Day was started by UNESCO in 1999 during its 30th session held in Paris. The UNESCO’s declaration reportedly says that the day is observed to “give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements.”