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On the Pulse of Morning
By Maya Angelou
A textual and contextual reading in combination with Bill Clinton’s first inaugural address
2.Formal textual analysis2
4.Introduction to the America of 1993. 5
5.Analyzing the common themes and imagery. 5
7. Bibliography. 9
The purpose of this paper is to offer a textual and contextual reading of Maya Angelou‘s poem “On the Pulse of Morning“ which was written for and performed at the inauguration of American President Bill Clinton on January 20, 1993. First I am going to offer a formal textual analysis in order to examine the poem as a text.
The main area this paper is going to cover is the historical context as well as the parallels with Bill Clinton‘s own inauguration speech. I want to look at the overall situation of the United States of America at that point in time in order to understand what could have driven Maya Angelou to write this poem for Clinton‘s inauguration. The shared themes between Angelou‘s poem and Clinton‘s speech both point towards a better future and help to illustrate each other‘s points.
By contrasting and comparing „On the Pulse of Morning“ with Bill Clinton‘s inaugural speech new insights can be gained on both the speech and the poem itself. The version of the poem I will be using is the one which is printed in Maya Angelou’s book “The complete collected poems of Maya Angelou”. In this version are some words and lines that are missing in her performance from 1993, but since these do not change the poem drastically I will not address them further.
2.Formal textual analysis
Maya Angelou‘s poem was specifically created to be performed at the inauguration of Bill Clinton as the 42nd president of the United States of America.
Angelou opted for a freeform poem without any obvious rhythm and performed it herself in front of thousands of people. Therefore I would recommend everyone who wants to take a closer look at the text to watch her performance at least once, as her unique style brings the poem, which lacks most formal features.....[read full text]
Unlike most poems, On the Pulse of Morning seems to be designed to be some kind of “lecture“ or „speech“. The „lyric thou“ is most likely the same as the real listener. Maya Angelou herself would take the position of the narrator. She uses her position in order to reach the audience with her message. This kind of communicative relationship coincides with the position Bill Clinton takes in his speech.
Both communicate a message on how the public can help to make a better future. They do this by referring to the lessons learned from the past and by imprinting the idea of change into the people’s consciousness. But Angelou‘s poem and Clinton‘s speech have even more in common than .....