“Words empty as the wind are best left unsaid.” - Homer, Author of “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey”
An unofficial holiday started in the United Kingdom, National Poetry Day was founded in 1994 by British publisher William Sieghart and has gone beyond national borders, becoming a worldwide celebration of this important form of literature. In honor of National Poetry Day’s 2019 theme of truth, PASH is honoring the ancient Greek author Homer, believed to be the writer of the epic poems “The Odyssey” and “The Iliad”. The second-oldest work of European literature that has been preserved, “The Odyssey” is Homer’s tale of the Greek hero Odysseus’ journey home after the fall of Troy, and its sequel “The Iliad” is set during the Trojan War. While some historians dispute that each of these poems are the work of the same author, these works attributed to Homer have survived more than a millennium and are foundational works of modern literature and storytelling.