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A 22-year-old poet, Amanda Gorman, on Wednesday became a sudden star at President Joe Biden’s inauguration as she recited a poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

Her verse inspired by the Capitol attack which occurred on January 6, 2021, reflected on how democracy ‘can never be permanently defeated.’

Her reading triggered loud applause at the inauguration and an avalanche of praise on social media.

Gorman is the youngest poet to recite at an inauguration, a role first given to Robert Frost by John F. Kennedy in 1961. After First Lady Jill Biden saw one of Gorman’s readings, she invited her to participate at the Capitol steps.

Gorman said that she had been writing a few lines a day but stayed awake at night out of a compulsion to complete her inauguration poem.

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