Robert Frost inauguration poem
Scope and Contents
The Robert Frost inauguration poem, 1961, contains a reprinted copy of Frost's poem, "The Gift Outright," as it was recited at John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration on January 20, 1961. The original poem was written in 1942 and released in a book of Frost's poems in 1949. Frost's publisher, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, includes a letter to celebrate his invitation to the inauguration and highlight its forty-seven-year relationship with him. The letter is meant to introduce the poem to readers.
- Creation: 1961
- Frost, Robert, 1874-1963 (Person)
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The Robert Frost inauguration poem is the physical property of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Notre Dame Library. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.
Biographical / Historical
Robert Frost was born March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. His family moved to Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1884 following his father's death. Frost became interested in poetry as high school student. He continued to write poetry while attending Dartmouth College and Harvard University, though he did not earn a degree from either school. Frost worked as a teacher, cobbler, and a newspaper editor before his first poem, The Butterfly, was published in 1894. He and his wife moved to England in 1912 where he published two poetry books including North of Boston in 1914. When Frost and his wife returned to the United States in 1915, the publishing company, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, re-released North of Boston to an American audience and established Frost’s popularity in his home country. His celebrity status earned him an invitation to recite a poem at John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration on January 20, 1961. Frost was considered an "unofficial poet laureate" at the time of his death on January 29, 1963. Historical information adapted from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-frost.
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The Robert Frost inauguration poem, 1961, contains a reprinted copy of Frost's poem, "The Gift Outright," as it was recited at John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration on January 20, 1961. It includes a letter from Frost's publisher, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, to commemorate the event.
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