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Robert Frost
罗伯特.福洛斯特

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罗伯特福洛斯特 (Robert Frost) 在约翰肯尼迪 (John F. Kennedy) 的就职典礼上朗诵诗作:1961120

在热烈掌声停止之后,肯尼迪向大家介绍美国最伟大的诗人之一,罗伯特.佛洛斯特,并请他走上台来。福洛斯特为这个场合写了题为致敬 (Dedication) 的诗。他走向麦克风前,但是却因为国会大厦屋顶上的白雪被阳光照得刺眼,所以他没办法念出稿子。不过,福洛斯特很快的想了想,他引用了他自己在1942年写的另一首诗全心的奉献 (The Gift Outright) ,这首诗是这样说的:

在我们站在这片土地上前,
她已经是我们的了,
在百年前,她就已经是我们的土地,
在我们成为她的子民之前。
她已是我们的


After the applause, Kennedy welcomed to the podium one of America's great poets, fellow New Englander Robert Frost. Frost had written a poem for the occasion called "Dedication." He approached the microphone, but blinded by the sun's glare on the snow-covered Capitol grounds, he was unable to read it. Thinking quickly, he instead recited "The Gift Outright," a poem he had written in 1942. It started:

"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 . . ."

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