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National Bad Poetry Day

Celebrate National Bad Poetry Day with your friends - share the worst rhymes and lines you can think of for a hilarious day of fun!
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August 18
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Celebrate National Bad Poetry Day on August 18 with a smile and an appreciation for the creative spirit behind bad poetry! This annual holiday was created to pay tribute to all of the terrible poets out there who have written some truly awful verses. Sure, it may not be great literature — but what we lack in quality is made up for in enthusiasm and humor.

History of National Bad Poetry Day

National Bad Poetry Day Dates

National Bad Poetry Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bad Poetry Movement</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 1970s saw a rise in "so-bad-they-are-good" poetry contests, laying the initial groundwork for National Bad Poetry Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1985</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Celebrating Awful Poetry</div><div class='timeline-text'>Groups of friends start celebrating their own versions of "Bad Poetry Days", further spreading the appeal of hilariously poor rhymes.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bad Poetry Collections</div><div class='timeline-text'>Publishers began releasing anthology collections of awful poetry, ironically increasing awareness and interest in bad poetry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Internet Embraces Bad Poetry</div><div class='timeline-text'>Online platforms, forums, and blogs dedicated to sharing hilariously bad poems emerged, expanding its reach globally.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Launch of National Bad Poetry Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Inspired by the growing trend, a group of literary enthusiasts founded National Bad Poetry Day, encouraging everyone to join in the fun.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bad Poetry Day events moved online, with virtual readings and contests continuing the tradition.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Bad Poetry Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write a bad poem</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Writing a bad poem can be surprisingly fun and liberating. Put away the thesaurus and let your inner bad poet out! Use unusual rhymes, awkward language, and an overabundance of adjectives.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Perform a bad poem</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends together and perform your favorite (or least favorite) bad poems. See who can come up with the best or worst performance.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a bad poetry slam</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends to bring their favorite (or least favorite) bad poems for a night of fun and laughs. Create categories for different types of bad poems such as 'Most Awkward Rhyme', 'Most Uncomfortable Simile', 'Most Ridiculous Metaphor', etc.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a Bad Poetry Scavenger Hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create a scavenger hunt where you have to find examples of terrible poetry in unlikely places. Try libraries, bookstores, museums, and even local coffee shops.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your bad poetry online</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put your terrible attempts at poetry out for the world to see by sharing them on social media, tagging them with #nationalbadpoetryday.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Bad Poetry Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Bad Poetry is Fun</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Bad poetry can be amusing and entertaining to read. It often has humorous or nonsensical lines, so it's great for a good laugh. Plus, you can easily come up with your own bad poetry creations - just pick up a pen and paper and give it a try!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Bad Poetry helps you to think creatively</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Writing bad poetry is a great way to flex your creative muscles and get your ideas flowing. You don't have to worry about having perfect rhymes and meter or using fancy vocabulary words - just let the words flow freely from your mind, and you'll soon have an awful poem masterpiece on your hands!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Bad Poetry reminds us that it’s ok not to be perfect</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>It's easy to feel discouraged when our writing doesn't turn out the way we planned, but National Bad Poetry Day allows us to make mistakes without fearing judgement. It reminds us all that no matter how bad something may seem, there's still beauty in imperfection!</p></div></div>

5 Fun Facts for National Bad Poetry Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bad Poetry Does Not Equate to Bad Poets</h3><p class='facts-content'>Even well-renowned poets like Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson have written some questionable lines of verse, proving that not every poem is a masterpiece, but that doesn’t make them bad poets.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Bad Poetry Can Be Intentional</h3><p class='facts-content'>Sometimes, poets deliberately pen poor verses for comedic effect or to challenge conventional poetry norms. It's a form of satire, establishing humor through the defiance of literary expectations.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>A Bad Poem Played a Role in the Discovery of DNA</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 1953, Francis Crick interrupted patrons at The Eagle Pub in Cambridge to recite a purposely bad poem about his and James Watson's discovery of the structure of DNA.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>"The Tay Bridge Disaster" is Considered One of the Worst Poems Ever</h3><p class='facts-content'>This poem was written by William Topaz McGonagall, often considered the worst poet in history. Despite its infamy, this poem about a train crash has been widely published and studied.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Writing Bad Poetry Can Be Therapeutic</h3><p class='facts-content'>Some psychologists use bad poetry as a form of expressive therapy, helping patients to verbalize their feelings and experiences without the constraints of perfect prosody or rhyming.</p></div></div>

National Bad Poetry Day FAQs

When is National Bad Poetry Day?

National Bad Poetry Day is celebrated on August 18 every year. In 2024, the holiday falls on a Sunday.

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