Re: Robert Frost Inaugural Poem

Suzanne Colligan (
Wed, 15 Aug 2001 04:19:29 -0700 (PDT)

I'm a JFK fan so this from avocational knowledge, but I have seen video of
Frost trying to read "Dedication" in the bright sunlight (LBJ tried helping
him out). Frost realized he was defeated and went with what he knew. Check
with the JFK Library in Boston--maybe they can identify a source with the
poem in its entirety. A search of the Library of Congress' American Memory
paged revealed a digitized copy of the poem and more background.

Suzanne Colligan
Fiction/Audiovisual Department
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Central
1 Lafayette Sq.
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716) 858-7124

>From: Cummings Cathleen <>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <>
>Subject: Robert Frost Inaugural Poem
>Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 15:01:32 -0700 (PDT)
>I've been looking for either a video or audio of Robert Frost at JFK's
>Inauguration. I've learned that he wrote "Dedication" for the inauguration
>but actually recited "The Gift Outright" which had been written much
>earlier. Am I searching in vain?
>Cathleen Cummings
>Media Resources Specialist
>Santa Rosa Junior College

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