Amanda Gorman, the prodigy poet who pleads for a united America

Amanda Gorman, the prodigy poet who pleads for a united America
Amanda Gorman, the prodigy poet who pleads for a united America

“My account is literally broken, this is no joke.” On Instagram, Amanda Gorman is still struggling to realize the enthusiasm generated by her speech on Wednesday. Performance hailed by personalities from around the world, unanimous and dithyrambic media, the performance of the poet is far from having gone unnoticed.

Dressed in yellow, wearing a red crown, the young African-American captivated audiences during Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony, with verses calling for the unity of the United States. She has since garnered a million new social media followers, and her books have become bestsellers on Amazon.

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It must be said that Amanda Gorman is one of those who handle the rhythm and the meaning of words with disconcerting ease. This 22 year old Californian recited a poem of her own composition,

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The Hill We Climb (“

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The Hill We Climb”), a reference to Capitol Hill, from which supporters of Donald invaded the seat of Congress on January 6.

Her text, which she wrote in one fell swoop after this murderous assault, evokes “a force that would break our nation, rather than share it”. “This attempt almost succeeded / but while democracy can be suspended at times, it cannot be definitively defeated.” In a calm and composed voice, she chanted her rhymes, accompanying them with elegant and graceful movements.

Child prodigy

Born March 7, 1998 in Los Angeles, Amanda Gorman highlights issues of race, feminism and oppression through her work. A child prodigy, she won her first poetry prize at 16, before being crowned the country’s “best young poet” three years later, while studying sociology at the prestigious Harvard University.

Amanda Gorman described herself as a “skinny black girl, descended from slaves, raised by a single mother,” finding herself “reciting” a poem in front of a president. A strong message conveyed by this poet to whom some already attribute the heritage of the writer and poet Maya Angelou.

Before her, five other poets, including Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, precisely, participated in the investiture ceremonies of American presidents. Her name was reportedly whispered to the ceremony organizers by Jill Biden, the wife of the 46th president, who had attended one of his readings in public. Their order, placed in December: that she write an ode to “United America“”, echoing the speech of her democratic husband.

His text bends to it, without denying the challenges of the present. “We are going to turn this wounded world into another, wonderful one.” “There is always light, as long as we are brave enough to see it. As long as we are brave enough to embody it. “


Amanda Gorman’s poem:

“Mr. President, Doctor Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world: when the day comes, we wonder where to find the light in this endless shadow.

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The loss we carry, a sea we must wade through. We braved the belly of the beast. We have learned that calm is not always peace. In the norms and notions of what is right, is not always justice. And yet the dawn is upon us before we know it. One way or another, we do. One way or another, we have overcome and seen a nation that is not broken, but simply unfinished. We, the successors of a country and time when a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother may dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one.

And yes, we are far from polite, far from perfect, but that doesn’t mean that we are striving for a perfect union. We strive to forge our union with determination. To compose a country engaged in all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man. That is why we look up not to what is between us, but to what is in front of us. We bridge the gap because we know that to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so that we can reach out to each other. We are not looking for evil for anyone, but for harmony for all. Let the whole world at least say it’s true. That even though we have mourned, we have grown. That although we have suffered, we have hoped. That even though we were tired, we tried to always be linked and victorious. Not because we will never experience defeat again, but because we will never sow division again.

Scripture tells us to consider that each one will sit under his own vine and his own fig tree and that no one will frighten him. If we want to live up to the times, then the victory will not lie in the blade, but in all the bridges that we have built. This is the promise of the clearing, the hill that we will climb if only we dare. This is because being American is more than a pride that we inherit. It’s the past we step into and how we fix it. We saw a forest that was going to break our nation rather than share it. Who would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. This attempt almost succeeded ”

But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it cannot be definitively beaten. In this truth, in this faith we have confidence, because if we have our eyes turned to the future, history has its eyes on us. It is the era of righteous redemption. We feared her in her early days. We didn’t feel ready to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour, but in it we found the power to write a new chapter, to give us hope and laughter, so if we once did we wondered how we could beat the disaster? Now we say: how could the catastrophe win over us? We will not go back to what was, but we will move towards what must be a country bruised, but whole, benevolent, but daring, fierce and free.

We will not turn around or be interrupted by intimidation, for we know that our inaction and inertia will be the legacy of the next generation. Our slippages become their burden. But one thing is for sure, if we merge mercy with power and might with law, then love becomes our heritage and changes the basic rights of our children.

So let us leave behind a better country than the one we were left with. With each breath of my bronze chest, we will make this wounded world a wonderful world. We will rise from the hills of the west. We will rise from the windswept northeast where our ancestors made the first revolution. We will rise from the lakeside towns of the Midwestern states. We will rise from the south, bathed in the sun. We will rebuild, reconcile and recover in every known corner of our nation, in every corner called our country; our diverse and beautiful people will emerge bruised and beautiful. When the day comes, we will emerge from the shadows, inflamed and fearless.

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The new dawn blossoms as we release it. Because there is always light. If only we are brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be.

Original version:

«Mr President, Dr Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr Emhoff, Americans and the world: when day comes we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?

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The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast. We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace. In the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice. And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it. Somehow we do it. Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished. We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one.

And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect. We are striving to forge our union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colours, characters, and conditions of man. And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another. We seek harm to none and harmony for all. Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true. That even as we grieved, we grew. That even as we hurt, we hoped. That even as we tired, we tried that will forever be tied together victorious. Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid. If we’re to live up to her own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made. That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb if only we dare. It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit. It’s the past we step into and how we repair it. We’ve seen a forest that would shatter our nation rather than share it. Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. This effort very nearly succeeded.

But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated. In this truth, in this faith, we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us. This is the era of just redemption. We feared it at its inception. We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour, but within it, we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves. So while once we asked,’How could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?’ now we assert,’How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free. We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation. Our blunders become their burdens. But one thing is certain: if we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change, our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left. With every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one. We will rise from the golden hills of the west. We will rise from the wind-swept north-east where our forefathers first realized revolution. We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states. We will rise from the sun-baked south. We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover. In every known nook of our nation, in every corner called our country, our people, diverse and beautiful, will emerge, battered and beautiful. When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.

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The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.»

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