National Poetry Day

    MTOT strapline

    National Poetry Day is a nationwide celebration of poetry usually held on the first Thursday in October. This year's National Poetry Day takes place on Thursday 3 October 2019 and the theme is 'Truth'. 

    You may wish to link this theme into the multilingual 'Mother Tongue Other Tongue' poetry competition. In 2018 we created a poem on the National Poetry Day theme of 'Change', whilst in 2016 we produced a poem to link in with the theme of 'Messages' to help inspire students to celebrate the day, get creative and enter the contest. We've sourced some links to further websites also celebrating National Poetry Day to help you get started on the Resources section of our MTOT website. Follow the poetry resources link and check the generic resources tab.

    photo of snowballs'Change'

    Une boule de neige

    Fraîche et ronde

    Sous le soleil

    Peu après

    Une flaque


    A triolet poem is made up of 8 lines with a fixed rhythmical form of repeated lines. The sequence being AB, aA, ab, AB

    Le Message

    Messages poem in French

    SCILT logoCISS logoUniversity of Strathclyde logoManchester Metropolitan University logoRoutes into Languages NW logo

    Latest News

    View all news

    Korean language speakers should take pride in Konglish – it’s another wonderful example of linguistic diversity More...

    Gap year opportunities with Project Trust More...

    Glasgow's West End Festival 2019 More...

    Britain´s Brexit hangover cure: Start learning languages More...