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The Gift Outright, by Robert Frost is a poem that expresses the connection of humans with their land.

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´╗┐Do Do, Wendy English 1A, Per. 1 20 May 2011 Extra Credit: The Gift Outright The Gift Outright The land was ours before we were the land's. She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people. She was ours In Massachusetts, in Virginia, But we were England's, still colonials, Possessing what we still were unpossessed by, Possessed by what we now no more possessed. Something we were withholding made us weak Until we found out that it was ourselves We were withholding from our land of living, And forthwith found salvation in surrender. Such as we were we gave ourselves outright (The deed of gift was many deeds of war) To the land vaguely realizing westward, But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced, Such as she was, such as she would become The Gift Outright, by Robert Frost is a poem that expresses the connection of humans with their land. ...read more.


It is written in an iambic pentameter and has a rhyme scheme of free verse. The poem was written in 1936 but was not published until a few weeks after the begging of WW2. It was later recited at President John F. Kennedy?s inauguration. Originally, the poem that was supposed to be read was ?Dedication,? but Frost wasn?t able to read the copy of it due to the sunlight and his old age, so instead he recited The Gift Outright. The first line ?The land was ours before we were the land?s? describes the land belonging to us but the claims that people make, make us belong to the land. The next two lines imply the same thing. Throughout the whole poem, examples of how the land belongs to us are shown, but were taken over perhaps because of war. ...read more.


The unsaid words are very vital. The New World has a name and it belongs to everyone. The lack of names in the poem shows sacrifice. We have to surrender to the land in order for it to take us where it will go. There is a body, soul relationship throughout the poem and a comment on whether spirits is in ?unstoried? or ?unenhanced.? ?The Gift Outright? by Robert Frost is a very emotional piece. It allows us to see the connection between us and our land. I believe anyone who has love for their land, ?America?, should read it to further understand the connection better. The poem can also be read as defensive as well, as Frost repeats ?ours?, ?we?, and ?owners? a lot. As a result, the type of American identity that Frost expresses is very different from the contemporary understanding of the American identity as an imagination of different cultures and ethnicities. ...read more.

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