Poetry is having a real moment in American pop culture. Last night, Amanda Gorman became the first poet in history to recite an original work at the Super Bowl, sharing a piece that highlighted the work of the game’s honorary captains. (Of course, her performance came just a few weeks after the National Youth Poet Laureate stole the show at Joe Biden’s inauguration with her poem: “The Hill We Climb.”)
And now, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have popped up in a youth poetry class on Zoom. In honor of Black History Month, the Duke and Duchess attended a virtual session with Get Lit — Words Ignite!, a Los Angeles-based organization which uses poetry to “increase literacy, empower youth, and inspire communities.”
“Guess who surprised our poetry class this weekend?! It was the best weekend EVER! Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were magic and kind and interested in poetry!” reads an Instagram post on the Get Lit handle. “The Duchess even shared some of her favorite poetry lines. We are so grateful for their visit in honor of Black History Month. It goes down as most epic experience in Get Lit history!!!”
The organization has yet to reveal which poem Meghan quoted, but in the past she has shared that she’s a fan of Matt Haig’s “A Note from the Beach,” and the work of Maya Angelou.
Several people involved in the class have shared about their experiences on social media, including Mason Granger, the Manager of Public Outreach for the program.
“My favorite part of it all was Meghan echoing so many sentiments we’ve talked about in class, about this particular moment in time/history to be a young person and the ripple effect of a single voice,” Granger wrote on Instagram. “The root of them deciding to come is because at some point in their lives, they were moved by a poem.”
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