Pictures and words

 Pictures and words

January 23, 2021

On January 20, 1961, Frost, now an octogenarian, became the guide poet to be read at the inauguration ceremony of an American Union leader. Poetry elevated to a state issue.

At JFK’s request, Frost recited The Absolute Gift, a history of America in a few lines: “The land was ours before we were the land/ She was our land for over a hundred years/ Before we were her people. She was ours/In Massachusetts, in Virginia/Though we were from England, still colonial/ Owning what we did not yet own/ Possessed by what we did not now own/ Something we held back made us weak/ Until we found out that it was we ourselves/ Who held back from the land where we would live, / And immediately we found salvation in surrendering/As we were we gave ourselves away absolutely/( The record of the gift was too many records of

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