How words can inspire and give life

Literature examines our reality, our actual consciousness, in a more exact way than science or even philosophy

Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman speaks at the inauguration of US President Joe Biden in Washington on Jan 20, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

In January, at the inauguration of America's 46th President Joe Biden, an almost unknown young woman stepped onto a high and windy plinth above the city of Washington and read to the world a poem.

As Amanda Gorman spoke, the world listened and was moved. Almost immediately, the Internet began humming and the world knew the 23-year-old poet and activist. Sometimes such things can happen - a single voice rises from obscurity to inspire us with its truth.

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