The Gift of Outright

R. Frost's poem talks about the gift that God has given to the Puritans, in return to their
sacrifice of leaving their homeland. Here the !ere prosecuted, so a part of them decided
to leave, for a better chance at life.
Firstly, the Puritan theologians sho!ed evidence that a "e! #orld shall be created in
$merica. Therefore some of the believers left %ngland and settled in one of the first
$merican Plantations & Plmouth Plantation. $s such, !hen Frost mentions that ' the
land !as ours, before !e !ere the land's ' , he tries to depict the state of that current
situation( the %nglish Puritans took hold of this teritor, but at a more profound level the
!ere still %nglish, not $merican.
Ho!ever, people thought about it as an ' errand into the !ilderness', and !ent on into
coloni)ing other settlements. $lthough it took ' more than a hundred ears' to be able to
be one !ith the land, tha became $mericans. *oreover, Frost reali)es in his poem that
Puritans ' !ere %ngland's still collonials'. this is due to the subse+uent flights from
persecution that also had a purpose of finding the Promise ,and. The believed that the
imprint of %ngland soveregnit !as still upon them, !hen the tried to settle and possess
their promised land, because ' the !ere the chosen people' after all.
The learned that the have to surrender to God and land, before the land surrenders to
them. -o the began b doing everthing according to the .ible and let God decide
!hich of them !ere 'the elect'. -ubse+uentl the became ' God's agents entrusted to
create in $merica a spiritual %den' therefore the 'gave themselves outright'.
Henceforth, this "e! ,and that the possessed !as so rich that 'it bringeth foorth all
things in aboundance, as in the first creation, !ithout toile or labour'/land of
savager0land of promise1. This is !h the encouraged to the other %uropeans to 'settle
in $merica and kno! eternal peace and prosperit'.
$lso, in order for them to thrive, the reali)ed !hat 'made them !eak'. 2t !as the
!eakness !ithin themselves because the ' believed that men !here all !icked and onl
God !as all po!erful, so man could not be considered in an sense 33an e+ual partner44
to the construction of the "e! #orld'. Therefore the 'found salvation in surrender' and
decided that onl those !ho do good can earn redemption. Furthermore, on the surrender
to God belief, the doctrine of predestination held at the begining of time God had chosen
some people for salvation !hile others !ere headed for eternal damnation.
The obstacles that the Puritans had to surpass, first took place in their homeland. '-even
ears of bitter civil !ar, made them strong, but after 5667 /upon the restoration of the
-tuart monarch1 man Puritans !ere e8iled. -o, their e8odus led them to the Promise
*oreover, to the predestination theme, the Puritans had et another obstacle to pass. the
un!elcoming teritor, made the 2ndian !ars a great deal harder. That !as also due to the
colonists' lack of e8perience in that unreliable climate, that made them sensitive and
vulnerable. Ho!ever, the Puritans believed that after the $pocalpse/the obstacles the
had to surpass1, the "e! ,and shall be created e8clusivel for the elect . Henceforth, the
ne! ,and !as 'deed of gift' and the 'deeds of !ar' !ere clearl all the toiles that the
Puritans have gone through.
"one the less, the $merican ,and has become the land of ultimate opportunit, !here
the diversit of $merican geograph gives noumerous thriving options. '-uch as she !as,
such as she !ould become', depicts the fact that the "e! %nglanders !anted a histor
and a culture of their o!n. Historicall, the began to !rite 'the $merican ,etters' to
their relatives that staed in %urope. This is ho! $merican literatire started out. The
$merica ,etter !as a propaganda that intended to attract %uropeans to!ards $merica. 2t
praised $merica and its riches. Their impact !as phenomenal , deciding the leave of
man of %urope's inhabitants. The left in the hope of finding the Promise ,an, accross
the $tlantic.
Therefore, literature functioned as a lure, although the real life the Puritans had, !as
leaving them little time to e8pand artisticall. Frost is right, thoughh, !hen he calls
$merica as unehanced, because the lack a bod of literature large enough, that could
preserve a cultural image of an epoch.
The artistic legac of the seventeenth and eighteenth centur is ver limited, at best.
ho!ever, Frost foresees that 'such as she !as, such as she !ould become', and soon after
this, $merica !ould find a place in the global literar and cultural field.
$s a conclusion, Frost depicts the state of $mericans in a ver fair !a, in m opinion.
$esteticall, the poem is proportionate and !ell constructed, !hich makes it genuine
literature. Presentl, the special significance of succeeding in life has come to
characteri)e the $merican culture ever since, and the theme of thrive has been
predominant in $merican literature even !hen it bore no other features of Puritanism.
$lthough, the $merican literature had a tough start, it succeeded into true and 'artful'
form of en9oment.

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