Amanda Gorman, is the youngest person to have the opportunity to recite a poem at the inauguration ceremony. The young poet is only 22 years old.
It was Biden who suggested Amanda’s name. She will recite the poem The Hill We Climb. Amanda did not reveal the lyrics or other details of the poem, although she did say it would be a six minute poem.
“I like to write poetry on occasions like this, even for one night. It is also an opportunity to quickly establish emotional connection with the people who have gathered. I really enjoy it,” says Amanda, a Los Angeles resident. The young poet also has previous experience in writing poetry for official functions. Earlier, she sang a poem at a function at Harvard University and won the hearts of the people.
Amanda has been invited, as is customary to invite poets whenever Democratic presidents are sworn in. Earlier, famous writers Robert Frost and Maya Angelo also attended the oath taking ceremony and recited poetry. Maya Angelo’s poem On the Pulse of Morning was later published as a book at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993 and sold over one million copies in the United States alone. Elizabeth Alexander and Richard Blanco also recited poetry. This time, Amanda joins Biden and Kamala to create a wave.