<html><head /> <body> <META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-16"><title>To Nelson Mandela: A Tribute</title><meta name="keywords" content="mandela,poem,andrew,britain,kingdom,laureate,motion,nelson,poet,tribute,uk,united,"><table style="font-family:Verdana; font-size:larger; " align="center" border="0" width="50%"><tbody><tr> <td style="background-color:silver; border-color:white; border-left-style:none; border-style:none; " width="730"><span style="font-family:Verdana; font-size:larger; ">To Nelson Mandela: A Tribute</span></td> </tr> <tr> </tr> </tbody></table><br><table style="font-family:Verdana; font-size:medium; " align="center" bgcolor="white" border="0" width="50%"><tbody><tr> <td height="131" width="669"><p><span style="font-family:Verdana; font-size:x-small;"><strong>Editors Introduction</strong></span><span style="font-family:Verdana; font-size:x-small; "> Andrew Motion is as well known for his biographies as he is for his poetry. In this poem he strips away the layers of legend to study the significance of Nelson Mandela's life and release from imprisonment.</span></p> <p align="center"><br> <A HREF="1472_500.ram" TARGET="_blank"><IMG src="1472_Th500.jpg" id="2169" type="3" align="center" width="102" height="102" name="" url="1472_500.ram"></A></span> <span style="font-family:Verdana; font-size:x-small; "><br> </p> <p align="center">That straight walk from the<br> prison to the gate-<br> that walk the world saw, and<br> which changed the world-<br> it led you through to life from<br> life withheld,<br> from broken stones with your<br> unbroken heart.<br> </p> <p align="center"> To life which you imagined<br> and then lived,<br> which once we shared in your<br> imagining<br> but soon shared in the<br> present that you shaped:<br> the life which gave each<br> human hope its chance<br> of turning into truth and<br> staying true;<br> the life which showed us we<br> become ourselves<br> in part by watching you<br> becoming you. <br> <br><span style="font-family:Verdana; font-size:x-small; font-style:italic; ">Poem copyright Andrew Motion. Video of the poem is taken from a reading when Nelson Mandela visited the London School of Economics and Political Science on April 6, 2000. Copyright The London School of Economics and Political Science.</span></td> </tr> </tbody></table> </body></html>