Today is Inauguration Day, a celebration and ceremony signifying the start [or continuation] of a president’s administration. Recognized on the 20th of January every four years, many entertainers, dignitaries, and American citizens participate in the festivities during and after the inauguration. What is intriguing, however, is the relatively few poets involved in the ceremony. It was only in 1961 that Robert Frost read his poem “The Gift Outright” at the late John F. Kennedy’s first inauguration. Since then, four other poets share this honor with him: Maya Angelou’s 1993 reading of “On Pulse of Morning”, Miller Williams read “Of History and Hope” in 1997, Elizabeth Alexander’s 2009 reading of “Praise Song for the Day”, and Richard Blanco’s 2013 reading of “One Today.” How then, did these poets represent the attitudes and political climates of their day?