Poetry reading should be a compulsory part of the curriculum


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday urged schools to make poetry a compulsory part of the curriculum, saying it can be a powerful tool for social transformation. Emphasizing that peace is a prerequisite for progress, the vice president said that poetry can be a powerful medium to secure peace, happiness, brotherhood, and harmony. 


“I urge schools to make poetry reading and appreciation a compulsory part of the curriculum. “I also ask universities to encourage literature, arts, and humanities education. We need poets and writers and artists and singers as much as we need doctors, engineers, and scientists,” Naidu said while addressing the valedictory program of the 39th World Congress of Poets here.


He said poetry should promote peace, motivate people to cultivate universal brotherhood, social harmony, and tolerance. Stressing that it is crucial to promote arts and culture to build an enlightened and healthy society, the vice president said, arts nurture creativity in society. "Without a creative voice, society will become stagnant," He said. Naidu said that poets can be influencers and opinion makers as they have the potential to shape thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. “I am confident that they will use this tremendous power at their disposal, to build a better world,” he said.



Describing poetry as one of the finest expressions of human emotions, Naidu said, “It conveys deep insights, a wide range of emotions and elevates the human experience to the highest levels of consciousness. It has a great impact on the inner chemistry of human emotions, on how we perceive, how we respond and how we behave.” Noting that India’s tryst with poetry was as old as its civilization, the vice president said that great Indian epics such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata were among the finest specimens of poetry ever written.


These epics are considered to be treasure houses of India’s traditions and great encyclopedia of ethics, religion, politics, and morals, he said. Mentioning that poets have the unique potential to shape thoughts, feelings, and attitudes, Naidu said, “promotion of literature is also an impactful method to preserve and promote languages, a cause that is very close to my heart.” The best way to preserve or promote any language is to use it extensively in everyday life. More and more people should be encouraged to write poetry, stories, novels, and dramas in their native languages, he said.

“Prosperity alone cannot give happiness ... there has to be inner peace and poetry can provide a channel to happiness,” the vice president said.

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