Amanda Gorman, a 22-year-old Los Angeles-born writer and performer, made history as she became the youngest poet to recite at a US presidential inauguration. After Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in, Gorman enthralled the audience with her powerful poem called ‘The Hill We Climb’ .Also Read - ‘Incredible 4 Years’: Trump Leaves White House Ahead of Biden’s Inauguration, Says Will be Back in Some Form

“Being American is more than a pride we inherit. It’s the past we step into and how we repair it,” Gorman said, in a short poem that was greeted with a hail of critical acclaim on social media.

“We will not march back to what was. We move to what shall be, a country that is bruised, but whole. Benevolent, but bold. Fierce and free.”

“While democracy can be temporarily delayed, it can never be permanently defeated,” Gorman said. “Let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left,” Gorman said. “We will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.”

“The new dawn blooms as we free it,” said Gorman, who was named the first US National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017.

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It was an extraordinary task for Gorman, the youngest by far of the poets who have read at presidential inaugurations since Kennedy invited Robert Frost in 1961, with other predecessors including Maya Angelou and Elizabeth Alexander. Gorman, a native and resident of Los Angeles told The Associated Press last week that she planned to combine a message of hope for President Joseph Biden’s inaugural without ignoring “the evidence of discord and division.”

As her performance went viral, netizens were in awe of her, while critical acclaim poured from across the country and the political spectrum:

John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama also had poets read at their inauguration.

(With Agency inputs)