At first glance the title “the hill we climb” does not have a particularly obvious meaning that we as readers can figure out what it means.
but after reading the poem it’s clear to see that “the hill we climb” is a metaphor for the problems that America is currently struggling with.
Form and structure:
The poem takes place not in a particular place but in the entirety of America, both in the past the present and in the future
the poem takes us back to the time where slaves were still in america and back to when the author Amanda was a kid which can be seen in this part:
“We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.”
The poem refers to the present and events through the last year that has led up to the present, when it talks about what america have been and currently is in these parts:
“We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace, and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.”
“we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.”
And then it talks about the future of America or what the author hopes for it to be:
“When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.”
The poem's social and cultural setting is hinted at because we as readers need an understanding of what is currently happening in America to understand what environment the poem is dealing with.
The latter is also crucial for you to feel the atmosphere that the poem is creating, and of what great symbolic significance the poem's setting has to understanding every theme and message the poem involves.