President Biden’s inauguration on January 20, 2021, put poetry back on the map (again) when Amanda Gorman read her poem, “The Hill We Climb”. At 22, Gorman is the youngest poet recruited to commemorate a U.S. presidential inauguration, an honor she shares with a small but celebrated group of poets: Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, Elizabeth Alexander, and Richard Blanco. No U.S. Republican president thus far has included an inauguration poet.

The 2021 inauguration event also featured actor Lin-Manuel Miranda reciting excerpts from Seamus Heaney’s “The Cure of Troy,” a poem often quoted by President Biden, especially the lines “It means once in a lifetime / That justice can rise up / And hope and history rhyme.” You can listen to Miranda here, joined by President Biden’s voice at the end. All and all,…

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