On the Pulse of Morning

Nov 14, 2021 | 0 comments

Nov 14, 2021 | Essays | 0 comments

“On the Pulse of Morning” is a legendary and historical poem by Maya Angelou’s. The poem speaks about the freedom, growth and wholly evolution of the American people. Angelou uses motifs which enables an enhancement in the eternal measuring of change when making comparisons in history. In the poem, Angelou out rightly beckons the American society to make efforts and work towards achieving inclusivity as well as ecumenicalism as they occasioned the welcoming of their new incoming president. Angelou wrote this poem to mark the first inauguration of President Bill Clinton.
The poem has a great beginning by referring to the tree, river and rock it appeals to the eternal elements. The poem speaks of the beginning of a new change, as it walked down memory lane nostalgic of the past and the history it carries for the American society. In the poem, I believe the use of elements was key in passing the message, for instance, the rock resonated with the foundation and the bedrock of significance of the American’s faith in the development of democracy, therefore this is presented by the pilgrims’ arrival at the Plymouth Rock. Secondly, the Potomac River winds through Washington D.C marking America’s religious trope, whereas the tree symbolized Christ, while on the other hand presents the historical cherry tree belonging to George Washington.
The use of imagery in the poem presents politics as well as world religion through the mention of dinosaurs which represented the ancient ways of thinking; moreover, the winding river makes a vivid representation of the flow, emergence and development of progress together with ideas. Thus, the poem expressed the growth and potential of America’s society by embracing new change marked by the Inauguration, together with embracing the history and progress made to prove the great potential the nation has within its society.
Works Cited
Angelou, Maya, and Sherry Huber. *On the Pulse *of* Morning*. New York, N.Y: Random House Audio Pub, 1993. Sound recording.