The young poet who brought strength and hope to Biden’s inauguration


Amanda Gorman, during her speech yesterday in Washington.

The young poet Amanda Gorman He brought strength and hope to the inauguration of President Joe Biden, with a moving poem that declared the beginning of an “era of redemption” in America and reminded that “there is always light,” even in the darkest of times.

Gorman, 22, moved hundreds of attendees at Biden’s inauguration for more than five minutes, with verses that he worked on for weeks but did not finish until after the January 6 assault on the Capitol, inspired by the the country’s need to find comfort.

“There is always light, if we are brave enough to see it, if we are brave enough to embody it,” Gorman said at the conclusion of his poem.

The African-American poet is the youngest to have delivered a poem at a presidential inauguration in the United States, and she received almost immediate praise when she finished reciting her work, titled “The Hill We Climbed.”

“Although democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated,” said the author, who is the first nationally awarded young poet in US history.

Although democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated

Gorman had some creative block when he wrote his poem until the attack on Congress took place, when he clearly saw the solemn but optimistic message he wanted to send to the country, as he explained to various media outlets.

“To put our future first, first we have to put aside our differences, lay down our arms to reach the arms of others,” he stressed before the Capitol, shortly after Biden delivered his first speech as president. His poem sounded like a breath of relief after the presidency of Donald Trump, and it celebrated the entry into an “era of redemption” of “a country that is not broken, but simply unfinished.” “We will never again sow division,” he confided.

To put our future first, first we have to put aside our differences, lay down our arms to be able to reach the arms of others

The now first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, who is an English teacher, was the one who asked to include Gorman in the inauguration ceremony after seeing a video of a declamation that the young woman had given in Washington, the newspaper revealed. The New York Times.

After finishing, he received a barrage of applause on social networks, some as prominent as those of Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, to whom he promised to stand for election in 2036.

Gorman grew up in Los Angeles, where her mother teaches a school, and immediately fell in love with poetry, writing in newspapers in the schoolyard, until at just 16 years old she was awarded the best young poet in town. Californian.

“Now more than ever, America needs an inaugural poem,” Gorman said in an interview with the New York Times.

“Poetry is usually the cornerstone that we return to when we have to remember the history that we rose from, and the future that we defend,” he added.

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