Thursday, Jan 20, 2021 aspiring poet and activist Amanda Gorman set a record for as the youngest individual to ever present a poem at a presidential inauguration.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, the 22-year-old poet specializes in writing about world wide issues including feminism, oppression, race, and the African diaspora. Ever since the inauguration, Gorman’s name has been floating around social media and her words are touching the hearts of all who hears them.
At the inauguration for the 46th president, Amanda charmed the audience by not only reciting her poem, but preforming it with elegance and determination. “The Hill We Climb” is filled with rhymes and wordplay to bless everyone’s ears. The poem is packed with hope and aspiration for the future of America.
Amanda began her poem with a sorrowful statement. She referenced the past by comparing the recent hardships to darkness.
When day comes, we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade?“The Hill We Climb” (1-2)
As the poem progressed, Amanda displayed her talents by revealing impressive use of alliteration, which is a writing technique that uses recurring initial consonant sounds within a single line of poetry.
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.“The Hill We Climb” (17-18)
The poem comes to a close, leaving the audience truly captivated and inspired.
When day comes, we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid. A new dawn looms as we free it, For there is always light, if only we are brave enough to see it, If only we are brave enough to be it.“The Hill We Climb” (77-81)
Amanda has a passion for writing and has expressed it through publishing books. Some are planned to release this year including The Hill We Climb, which was first debuted at the Joe Biden inauguration.
On Sept. 21, 2021 Amanda’s latest book, Change Sing, will be available for purchase on Amazon. Illustrated by #1 New York Times best selling illustrator Loren Long, the children’s book influences today’s youth on how they can impact not only their community but also their world.
Written as a children’s anthem, Gorman’s book reminds the newest generation that they have the power to shape the word with their actions and voices.[Quote Source: theamandagorman.com]
Amanda openly discuses her journey on overcoming a speech impediment just like the current president, Joe Biden formerly had. The national youth poet expressed pride in her once degrading struggle and claims writing assisted her break through from the tribulation.
Despite her childhood struggle, Amanda is determined to use her voice to impact the world. In 2016, before she was ever titled National Youth Poet, Gorman founded One Pen One Page: a nonprofit created to encourage teenagers to eliminate inequality by using their talents and voices.
As the youngest poet to ever present a poem at a presidential inauguration, Amanda Gorman is breaking records and inspiring everyone all over the country. The young woman is destined to bring about more meaningful achievements and continue inspiring today’s youth.