Poet Amanda Gorman reads 'The Hill We Climb'

The nation's first Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman recites "The Hill We Climb."

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luchuv
luchuv:
I like how our english teachers have the same mind
Ebbe Klinth
Ebbe Klinth:
This speech: *exists

Teachers: it's free real estate
Derek Handy
Derek Handy:
POV: You have to write an "short" essay about this, but you got distracted and are reading the comments instead and you realize it's not just you doing that assignment.
Some dude.
Some dude.:
I mean, this WAS a great poem, 'til the assignment came.
Celtic Cheetah
Celtic Cheetah:
To all the kids writing essays - a few things to talk about:
- intertextuality. She quotes and invokes MANY other writers and speakers including; Lin Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Maya Angelou (Still I Rise), MLK (I Have A Dream, when she lists the areas of the country). This contributes to the feeling of anchored, unified optimism in the poem.
- collective nouns. She constantly uses “we”, “our” and “us”. She is speaking to, and for, ALL of us, not just for herself. No ‘I’ in this poem.
- the style of writing and performance feels fresh and current, but it is actually rooted in the most ancient form of literature there is, bardic poetry. She uses methods like alliteration, assonance, internal rhyme, metaphor and a musical delivery. These are all things found in ancient poems like Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf. These were stories made to be performed, not read. The purpose was to entertain, but also to unify people around a communal sense of identity and heritage. She is tapping into something very old and deep inside all of us.

Hope that was useful!

From a geeky English teacher :)
Chronicles7291
Chronicles7291:
I'm not even American and yet I was still sent here by my teacher.
Kylu!
Kylu!:
POV: You're watching this for a school assignment.
John Carlo Vergara
John Carlo Vergara:
POV: The 1.6 million viewers are all students😂
Mohamed GABY
Mohamed GABY:
"We've learned that quiet isn't always peace"
Adrian Forty
Adrian Forty:
Imagine her second grade English teacher who thought "these kids aren't going nowhere in life" must be thinking.
V L
V L:
"If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy, and change our children's birthright."
SmugBoi Echo
SmugBoi Echo:
POV: You just found your classmates in the comments section.
Gage Campbell
Gage Campbell:
This was one week ago, and this is already being shown in school...
Nexon Electric
Nexon Electric:
I'd like to know how many people aren't here for writing a essay
Spectacle
Spectacle:
POV: Looking for answers to the question your teacher asked you for your school assignment.
The Guidance you are looking for: Talk about her being a girl raised by a single mother descended by slaves who wants to be president.
Violet Morgan
Violet Morgan:
Seeing all the people here for school: 😂
That one person here for fun: .....................
David Orton
David Orton:
I'm an English teacher, and I was sent here by...myself.
Saahil Dugar
Saahil Dugar:
Stop looking at this comment. You have an essay to write.
Saul Ramírez
Saul Ramírez:
Not just black excellence, just the very definition of excellence itself.
Simran Aulckh
Simran Aulckh:
So we all just here doing our English class response assessment to this last min?
Sebastian Orozco
Sebastian Orozco:
This was an incredible poem by Amanda Gorman. “being American is more than a pride we inherit it’s the past we step into and how we repair it...” very touching moment. God bless America 🇺🇸
Tony
Tony:
I have lost count of how many times I have replayed this poem. Powerful and moving indeed. Thanks, Amanda.
Peter Tran
Peter Tran:
"We braved the belly of the beasts" is the verse I like the most.
Zubat
Zubat:
As an artist, I genuinely wish for more artists and people like her to be in positions of power, or at least have a seat at the table. I know so many highly intelligent artists that lead from the heart and think so uniquely that they would add so much light, wisdom and fresh forward thinking to a government. Artists aren’t made the most of in our culture.
kayla swoboda
kayla swoboda:
I’ve listened to this many times already, just perfect for the occasion ❤️
David Armstrong
David Armstrong:
Her: "Everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid"
No one:
Me: Hamilton!!!
Holly Mauery
Holly Mauery:
I had to watch this for Language arts and im so glad I did. I have literally watched it 6 times like im not exaggerating. it is amazingly beautiful, and it makes me feel better about the future. I love everything about it, the cadence, her voice, and the excellent message.
Laurie Arnold
Laurie Arnold:
She re- lit the light of hope in American hearts.
Tom Haughton
Tom Haughton:
It's a shame Maya Angelou isn't still around to see this. What an incredible young woman. Poise, dignity and eloquence...
Fred M
Fred M:
The more you replay this, the more valuable the message it carries. America can be extremely proud of her.
G A
G A:
I can’t imagine what the USA could have done over the last few years if Donnie spoke like or had such character.
Mandy
Mandy:
If anyone wants the entire poem:

When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
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
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn't always just-ice
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 a union with purpose
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, 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 we'll 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 our 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 force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
And 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 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 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
Magistra A
Magistra A:
So many right words at the right time created and presented by the right voice and listened to by the right audience who will never forget the moment. Thank you, Amanda. I salute your gift and am in awe of the hard work and time it took to make and rehearse an instant classic of literature. Thank you, Amanda. Thank you so, so much.
Torgie Madison
Torgie Madison:
The inauguration was refreshingly "normal", but Amanda's speech was absolutely amazing. I don't think this will be the last we hear of her!
love &peace
love &peace:
WOW! SHE IS SO GRACEFULLY, THE MOVEMENT OF HER HANDS MATCH HER WORDS🤲.. GENTLE AND CALM WITH WORDS THAT IMPACT THE WORLD 🌎
Queen Zey
Queen Zey:
she makes me proud to be an American, and I'm Canadian
Chiara S.
Chiara S.:
America once was "The City Upon the Hill", now she's perfectly right arguing America in some terms became "The Hill we (Re)climb". What a passionate speech in a depressing world..
Sabrie Smith
Sabrie Smith:
She is literally my favorite human being and she is so pretty omggggggggg
AllenV Realty
AllenV Realty:
"..being American is more than a pride we inherit it's the past we step into and how we repair it..."
Iam Joergen
Iam Joergen:
I'm not even American but I felt like one because of her poem.
amanda engelman
amanda engelman:
That seriously gave me chills listening to it. She is such a talent!
Christopher Hayden
Christopher Hayden:
This really brought everything together at the inauguration.
bssni touir
bssni touir:
"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"
Nancy Bryant
Nancy Bryant:
I’m not even a big fan of poetry, but this won me over. Inspiring.
Isaiah Key
Isaiah Key:
Such an intelligent young lady. Beautiful poem!
Elizabeth Kertesz
Elizabeth Kertesz:
Trying to recite along:
“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.”🌞
Zulaika Torres
Zulaika Torres:
How the hell did all of our teachers send us here
MamaDeacon 65
MamaDeacon 65:
Absolutely Beautiful!! Exactly what we need to hear right now. Amazing what she has done with her life. She was amazing!!🥰❤️🥰
Kyle
Kyle:
She’s young, beautiful, impeccably dressed, talented and classy. This is what we needed today. This girl is a star. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here.
Cadie Cooper
Cadie Cooper:
"love becomes our legacy"
Gary Levin
Gary Levin:
This will ring in my ears, and I hear a new message each time I listen to it.
philodoxable
philodoxable:
Why am I sobbing but also watching this as a Canadian? 😭😭😭
Teacher Falguni
Teacher Falguni:
This girl was amazing!!!!!! When she talks about her “bronze soul”.....wow, she stole the show!
phennec
phennec:
I was blown away by this on inauguration day.
"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"
Nafisa London
Nafisa London:
Teacher POV: I'm sending my students here, I can't be bothered to plan Monday's lesson
Jamie McClure
Jamie McClure:
I can see this poem becoming part of education curriculum in a few years' time. What a masterpiece!
David N
David N:
When you must write a report for your english teacher but you don’t understand a word
Kamala Worth
Kamala Worth:
OUTSTANDING!!!! What a brave, beautiful, bold young love she is!!!!
Rockin Atheist
Rockin Atheist:
The highlight of the day; a day that brought relief to millions, nay billions , of people around the world.
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School Chicago
Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School Chicago:
So thankful for this poem, it is truly lighting up the world
Melanie Wegner
Melanie Wegner:
I just received my hard copy of this stunning American address. Tears in my eyes.
Mary Grace Escasinas
Mary Grace Escasinas:
She delivered it with grace. Perfect nuances. That was just incredibly amazing.
Jonathan Baker
Jonathan Baker:
"Even as we grieved, we grew. Even as we hurt, we hoped. Even as we tired, we tried." I truly felt that. Powerful message.
Joseph Bitton
Joseph Bitton:
The inauguration was refreshingly "normal", but Amanda's speech was absolutely amazing. I don't think this will be the last we hear of her!
Grace Lin01
Grace Lin01:
we watched this at school and this made me so happy
Alice MJ
Alice MJ:
Since the day I heard this poem like everyone else on this site, I can not help but listening to her performing again and again. The printed version is on the wall in my study! Inspiring, hopeful and joyful!
fb30xhk
fb30xhk:
A couple of weeks ago I had my doubts, but Amanda Gorman’s stunning performance proves that there’s hope for America after all
zizwop
zizwop:
I don't know what's more impressive, the fact that at only 22 years old, she's speaking at the president's inauguration and killing it, or the seriousness of her poem. This is a good thing.
Suze Fuller Taylor
Suze Fuller Taylor:
Incredible insight for such a young person. That poem is just beautiful and I'm sure it will be repeated for generations as she takes her place in history.
Chevy Phillips
Chevy Phillips:
I listen to this while doing homework.
professional boomer
professional boomer:
POV: You are reading the comments seeing, everybody is forced watching this bcs of their eng-teacher :)
Mark Mance
Mark Mance:
Such a beautiful young woman who could have aspired to become an actress, but I am glad she decided to become a poet, a poet of great talent. Her inaugural address was magnificent. I loved her graceful hand gestures. She stole the hearts of Americans everywhere.
Kihangire Christopher
Kihangire Christopher:
I have re-watched this young girls performance not even more than all times bt endlessly, so mind speaking
J. M.
J. M.:
I'm crying every time I watch this
samantha m
samantha m:
I’m crying that was so beautiful
Cody Souroy
Cody Souroy:
This brought tears. She represents and speaks so much truth. God bless this "unfinished world"!
Ken L
Ken L:
So moving. Her movements truly enhanced her words.
Naomie Vlahogeorge
Naomie Vlahogeorge:
Science teacher here...the progression of science relies on the progression of humanity. Thank you to all English teachers for teaching kids how to express themselves clearly and to appreciate and understand the expressions of so many others.
Lukas Jacob
Lukas Jacob:
I don't know but when i first heard this i feel like she made avery lit song!
David Klamph
David Klamph:
From The Toronto Star newspaper: Amanda German absorbed her ancestors' profound longing for freedom, felt the pain of the violence around her & taking heart from those who traversed that path before her, found expression in her cultural tradition of the spoken word. Through it, she harness the power to touch & transform us.
Eva Kržan
Eva Kržan:
There is such conviction in ‘there is ALWAYS LIGHT’ and heartbreaking plea in ‘if ONLY’. I translated the poem to my parents and that last sentence...it just stays with you (it rimes in my language too, so, yaay). The world was watching and we are happy with what we saw.☺️
dream catcher
dream catcher:
' a nation unfinished, not broken' - the spirit of Martin Luther King shines on.
Christian Visto
Christian Visto:
i imagine my kids will hear this poem in their classes like how we all saw it live haha
rosenrot201
rosenrot201:
I'm a full German that spent all of her summers in California, some of my best friends are American. Not being able to go as usual is hard. This made me tear up, I love and miss your country guys. From all my heart, I hope America recovers soon, with the lead of a new president.
peter elem
peter elem:
"Democracy may be delayed but never denied". What a great poet you are!
Hubba Bubba
Hubba Bubba:
This kid brought this old southern white man to tears. Good job, sweetie.
J S
J S:
She had my complete and undivided attention. I will remember her name, Amanda
Truth B Told
Truth B Told:
This is so beautiful.
Joy McGill
Joy McGill:
Amanda, you are so young yet so wise. Your words were an inspiration not only to Americans but to those of us who live in other parts of the world. You are just beginning your journey and I look forward to watching your life unfold in the days, months and years ahead. All the best. Joy McGill, Canada
Judy Ann
Judy Ann:
I just love her she amazing young woman words omg beautiful
Deborah Camille Robinson
Deborah Camille Robinson:
What a powerful and eloquent young woman. Amanda, you did it. I'm so happy for you and happy for all of us who bear witness to your grace.
Imago Graphix
Imago Graphix:
"The Hill We Climb"
When day comes we ask ourselves,
where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
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
And the norms and notions
of what just is
Isn’t always just-ice
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 a union with purpose
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, 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 we’ll 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 our 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 force that would shatter our nation
rather than share it
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
And 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 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 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
Terry Steffen
Terry Steffen:
Beautiful and inspiring! This young woman gives us the hope we need for the future we face. I love how she uses her hands to express her thoughts.
Ms. chan
Ms. chan:
Finally feeling proud to be an American !!🇺🇸🇺🇲💪🏽💪🏽❤ the power of love!
Joyce E
Joyce E:
She is an amazing young lady with the insight and polish of an old soul!
inkydoug
inkydoug:
a nation that isn't broken
but simply unfinished
Switch Back Image
Switch Back Image:
Maya Angelo is working through this 22 yr old woman and let our English teachers study her in this timeless rhythm. 😎
BlindLemon FishStix
BlindLemon FishStix:
She has excellent speaking abilities. I do not like poetry, but she is well-spoken.
Marcus Antonius
Marcus Antonius:
❤️! One week later, still in love. That was so beautiful and powerful and ended with tears in my 52y old eyes and standing ovations in front of my tv.
PETER V CIAPHA JR
PETER V CIAPHA JR:
Amanda!!! You're an inspiration from a far. Your performance has motivated and inspired many in Africa and Liberian girls that they can reach heights where societal vibes can't hold them down!!!