National Youth Award winner Amanda Gorman, who stole the hearts of Americans by reciting her poem “Mountain” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, joined CNN’s coverage of the inauguration He spoke about his past struggles with speech impediments. Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in American history, could not read a few years ago.
“Because, most of my life I wanted to say two or three years ago, I couldn’t say the letter R,” Gorman said. “Even to this day, I still struggle with it sometimes. How difficult it is when you have a poem in which you say ‘rise’ like five times.
Gorman hid a reference to a couple of hit Broadway plays Hamilton In “Climbed the Mountain” he further revealed that he used a song from the play to learn how to overcome his obstacle.
“It was as recent as college that I was still struggling to say ‘R’, so I’ll try to train myself to say, ‘Will I listen to Aaron Burr, Sir “And I’ll try to work with Leslie Odom Jr. because he’s doing this amazing rap, and I’ll say, ‘If I can train myself to do this song, I’ll I can train myself to say this letter. So this has been a big part of my own speech pathology. That’s why I included it in the opening poem.
After the opening, Hamilton Author Lin Manuel Miranda tweeted to Gorman, who responded by asking if he could catch the references in his poem. He replied, “You were perfect. Absolutely written, absolutely delivered. Every one of them.”
You were perfect Absolutely written, absolutely delivered. Brava each of them! -LMM
– Lin Manuel Miranda (@ Lin_Manuel) January 20, 2021
Gorman explained that it was also important for him to include Hamilton’s references in his poem, which could also help break down the barrier.
“I think Hamilton is a great, kind, American cultural piece that means a better country,” Gorman said. “It was really hard for me not to just copy and paste ‘my shot’ and email it to the opening committee. ‘This is my poem!’ But I cite my sources, which is why I tweeted about Hamilton. I’m really proud to have included him there.
In a rare incident, Cooper found himself speechless when Gorman revealed a mantra that included the Wednesday before each recitation.
“I am the daughter of black writers. We are among the freedom fighters who broke their chains and changed the world. They called me, “said Gorman to Cooper. “Wow,” Cooper said, looking for words. “Um, you’re great. I’ve changed so much.”
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