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The Gift Outright In the poem The Gift Outright Robert Frost uses a historical theme to express the feelings of Americans long ago feelings of oppression and desperation which ultimately lead to joy and triumph Frost connects with the many Americans today who also have these feelings when reading the poem The title of the poem is important to look at in order to understand the poems meaning The gift was the sacrifice that Americans made to give future Americans freedom as well as the ability to live in a land where anything is possible The term outright requires a person to think in terms of giving a gift wholeheartedly and without hesitation Most Americans are unable to truly appreciate this concept The first two sentences The land was ours before we were the lands She was our land more than a hundred years Before we were her people refers to the colonists living on the land but not really owning it They did not own it because they were still under the control of England When the Colonists ultimately cut themselves completely away from England they could feel like they were the lands people In lines six and seven different meanings of the word possessed are used In line six Possessing what we still were unpossessed by Frost refers to the colonists having physical possession of the land Again the land could not possess them because the colonists did not own the land In order to more completely comprehend what Frost is saying here consider the analogy of a homeowner versus a renter and the house they live in The renters house can never truly feel possessed by its owner because he can easily move out and sever ties to it On the other hand a homeowner normally has his heart and sole invested in his house Therefore not only is the house
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