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Amanda Gorman!

Discussion in 'Poetry' started by Jayhawker Soule, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. Jayhawker Soule

    Jayhawker Soule <yawn> ignore </yawn>
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    Today was my introduction to Amanda Gorman. Talk about remarkable!
     
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  2. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    I agree...
     
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  3. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    The full poem READ: Transcript of Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem here are three excerpts that particularly touched me:

    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
    ...
    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
    ...
    Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,
    we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one
    We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,
    we will rise from the windswept northeast
    where our forefathers first realized revolution
    We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,
    we will rise from the sunbaked south
    We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
    and every known nook of our nation and
    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
    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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  4. Jaiket

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    Stick a beat on that poem and you've got a belter of a hip hop number. Loved it.
     
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  5. Sunstone

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    "The Hill We Climb" is moving, inspirational language, and it probes some depths, too. I wish I shared more of its optimism, but Gorman is an extraordinary poet, and a remarkably appropriate pick by Biden for his inauguration.

    Just an aside. Poets of her caliber almost always begin like her. Remarkably young. You don't see many of them who wait until even their early teens to get started. Louise Gluck, last Fall's Nobel prize winner, created a poem at five or six that is striking for its precocious command of words. Ok. I'll quit boring you.
     
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  6. Sunstone

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    I am so sure everyone wants to know this, I went ahead and made the count: "The Hill We Climb" is 710 words, and 110 lines long.

    You're welcome.


    That's a whole lot of words and lines not to fizzle out here and there.
     
  7. pcarl

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    I'm sure its a name we will hear a lot more of!
     
  8. Sunstone

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    I'm guessing that's very likely too, Carl.
     
  9. Sunstone

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    Glad they matched her up with an excellent photographer.
     
  10. Sunstone

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    This interview did nothing but increase my appreciation for the her.

     
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