Maya Angelou was the first woman to read at a presidential inauguration.  At the inauguration of President Bill Clinton in 1993, she read from her poem “On the Pulse of Morning.”  Below is an excerpt from the poem:

     “History, despite its wrenching
          pain,
     Cannot be unlived, and if faced
          with courage,
     Need not be lived again.
     Lift up your eyes upon
     The day breaking for you.
     Give birth again
     To the dream.
     Women, children, men …
     Lift up your hearts.
     Each new hour holds new chances.”

What do you think this excerpt means?  Do you consider the poem a suitable choice for an innauguration?  Why or why not?

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