22-year-old Amanda Gorman stole the show on Inauguration Day, as she performed her original poem, “The Hill We Climb”, which became the youngest inaugural poem in the nation’s history.
Gorman spoke with force, poise and clarity outside the US Capitol Building before President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, including former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama.
“We have learned that calm is not always peace and whatever it is, its norms and assumptions are not always justice,” she said. “And yet, the morning is ours before we knew it. Somehow we do it. Somehow we build and see a nation that is not broken, but simply incomplete.”
According to The Associated Press, Biden’s inaugural team approached Gorman at the end of last month to perform a poem about unity in the United States. He is now among the opening poets including Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Miller Williams, Richard Blanco and Elizabeth Alexander.
Gorman’s performance attracted awe from both the attendees and virtually the watchers. Social media users gave a careful look to the young poet praising him on Twitter.
“I’ve never been a prowder to see another young woman! Brava Brava; @ TheAmandaGorman! Maya Angelou Is Happy – And So Am I, “Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey tweeted. Ahead of the performance, Winfrey gave Gorman earrings and a ring the size of a closed bird, a tribute to Angelo’s “I Know White the Cued Bird Sings.” CBS News.
Gorman also praised Georgia’s Democrat Stacey Abrams Who tweeted, “Amanda Gorman’s message serves as an inspiration for all of us.”
Gorman cheered on Lin-Manuel Miranda, asking if he saw the reference to Hamilton’s music in his poem and also received kudos from the playwright;
“You were right,” he Tweeted. “Perfectly written, fully given. Every thing about it. Bravo!”
Gorman has had a lot of success as a poet. She became the country’s first young poet at the age of 19, while a somerset at Harvard University. Ahead of the performance, Gorman told The New York Times that he wanted to inspire the poem without ignoring the country’s history of racism and violence.
He said, “In my poetry, I have not been able to shine in any way in the last few weeks, as I have seen over the years.” “But what I really want to do in the poem is to be able to use my words so that our country can still come together and still heal. It’s doing it in a way that erases the hard truth or Not neglecting, I think there is a need to reconcile with America. “
Gorman said she struggled to write until the capital riots pushed her to need it.
She told NPR that she was attracted to poetry at a young age due to part of a speech impediment. He said that his struggle to speak proved to be an affinity for Biden and even Angelo for him.
“Maya Angelou was growing up as a child and she grew up to deliver the opening poem for President Bill Clinton,” Gorman said. “So I think there’s a real history of orators out there who have had to contend with a kind of slurred voice, you know, that was the stage at the opening.”
Gorman’s task was not easy: to accept the country’s history and present while dreaming of a better future. To that end, he boldly opened his poem.
“When the day comes we ask ourselves, ‘Where can we find light in this never ending shade?” “She said.” We, the heirs of a country and at a time where a thin, black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother, could only dream of becoming president to find herself for one. . “
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