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Inaugural Poet Amanda Gorman Reveals Hamilton Lyric That Helped Her Overcome Speech Impediment


“And so that’s been a huge part of my own speech pathology,” she continued. “It’s why I included it in the inaugural poem. Also, beyond that, I think Hamilton is just such a great American cultural piece of what it means to be a better country. It was really hard for me not to just copy and paste ‘My Shot’ and email it to the committee. Like, ‘Here’s my poem, here we go!’ But I cite my sources, which is why I tweeted about Hamilton. I’m really proud to incorporate that in there.”

Amanda, who is the youngest inaugural poet, took to Twitter after delivering the work and tagged Lin-Manuel with, “Did you catch the 2 @HamiltonMusical references in the inaugural poem? I couldn’t help myself!”

One such reference is her line, “History has its eyes on us,” which calls to mind the musical’s number, “History Has Its Eyes on You.”





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