Ayatollah Khamenei praises new era of Persian poetry
On the eve of the anniversary of the birth of the second Shiite Imam, Imam Hassan (A.S.), a poem ceremony was staged in the presence of the Islamic Revolution Leader Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei Monday in which a group of Iranian poets read out their works with religious and political themes.
Following the poetical function, Ayatollah Khamenei said poetry had seen a growing trend following the 1979 Islamic Revolution, adding the Iranian poets, especially young poets, must take the noble language of poetry in a proper manner to infuse hope and liveliness into society as well as their audience.
Ayatollah Khamenei commended poetical works on moral values, especially martyrdom, jihad and the eight year Sacred Defense, urging creating an art and poetical climate in society in which revolutionary causes are promoted and people are encouraged to make for backwardness through unflagging effort.
Ayatollah Khamenei confirmed a new era for poetry has begun after the Islamic Revolution and called on cultural authorities and poetry folks to take the occasion and strive to preserve and usher the achievement.
The IR Leader urged young poets to make effort to develop higher quality in Persian literature and poetry and avoid sufficing to any limit.
In the beginning of the ceremony, the audience conducted congregational prayers led by Ayatollah Khamenei and then broke their fast.