Possibly the symbol for America is the Frontier The corresponding
symbol for England is the Island The central symbol for
Canadais undoubtedly Survival, la Survivance. Margaret Eleanor Atwood Survival: a Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature,
Some thirty inches from my nose The frontier of my
Person goes, And all the
untilled air between Is private pagus or
demesne. Stranger, unless
with bedroom eyes I beckon you to
fraternize, Beware of rudely
crossing it: I have no gun, but
I can spit. W(ystan) H(ugh) Auden 'Prologue: The Birth of Architecture',
When you think about the defence of England, you no longer think of the
chalk cliffs of Dover.You think of the Rhine. That is where our frontier lies today. Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin (of Bewdley) House of Commons, 30 Jul.
That long frontier fromthe Atlantic tothe Pacificoceans, guarded only by
neighbourly respect and honourable obligations, is an
exampleto everycountryand a pattern for the future of
the world. Lord Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill Address at the Canada Club, London, 20 Apr.
We stand today on the edge of a new frontier. But the new frontierof which I speak isnot a set
of promises.It is a set of
challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American
people, but what I intend to ask of them. It appeals to their
pride, not their pocketbookit holds out the promise of
more sacrifice instead of more security. John F(itzgerald) Kennedy On accepting the Democratic Convention's
presidential nomination,15 Jul.
Spacethe final frontier. Gene Roddenberry Introductory voiceover to StarTrek.