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On This Date (1961): Robert Frost reads at JFK’s Inauguration

Posted: Jan 20 2016

 

Robert Frost intended to read “Dedication”, a poem he wrote specifically for John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration in 1961. However, the glare from the sun bouncing off the snow made it impossible for Frost to read the typewritten text. Frost had to improvise and recited "The Gift Outright", a poem he wrote in 1941 and knew from memory.

Read "Dedication" here

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