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At JFK’s inauguration, Frost chose alternate path

Some readers of the article “From Maine to the nation” (G section, Feb. 26), about Richard Blanco, may haven gotten the impression that Robert Frost recited a poem he had written for the occasion at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. In fact, Frost could not read his manuscript because of the sun’s glare, so he recited, from memory, “The Gift Outright,” which he had written years before. No one heard, that day, the poem that Frost had written for the inauguration.

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