The scene: a cold, bright January day in the snow-covered capital of the United States. The occasion: the presidential inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Up to the podium steps America’s unofficial poet laureate, eighty-six-year-old Robert Frost. Temporarily blinded by the glare of brilliant sunshine and freshly fallen snow, Frost sets aside the handwritten text of his specially prepared ‘Dedication’ and recites from memory a much earlier poem, ‘The Gift Outright’.
The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry Since 1945
edited by Jennifer Ashton
Cambridge University Press, $34.95 pb, 268 pp, 9780521147958
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Alexander Howard is a writer and a postdoctoral researcher based in Sydney. He has worked as an associate tutor in English and American Literature at the University of Sussex, and as an undergraduate tutor in English at the University of Oxford. He is currently working on a monograph about the American Surrealist poet Charles Henri Ford and Camp Modernism.
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