The Poetry of Robert Frost
Robert Frost wrote a new poem entitled "Dedication" for delivery
at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961, but never read it,
because the sun's glare upon the snow blinded Frost from seeing
the text. Instead, he recited "The Gift Outright" from memory.
The Library holds Frost's original, working draft of "Dedication"
as well as this fair copy of the more familiar poem. Robert Frost
served as the Library's consultant in poetry (1958-1959) and honorary
consultant in the humanities (1958-1963). In addition, Frost recorded
readings of his poetry at the Library in 1948, 1953, and 1959 for
the Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature.
From the Poetry of Robert Frost, © 1970 by Lesley
Frost Ballantine, © 1969 by Henry Holt and Company, Inc. Reprinted
by permission of Henry Holt and Company, Inc.