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Analysis and comments on 'Out, Out--' by Robert Frost

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Comment 55 of 185, added on January 5th, 2007 at 8:55 AM.

hi 1st. i wanna ask about "5 mountains ranges one behind the other" what
does robert frost want to mean by 5 mountains, please?

houda from Morocco
Comment 54 of 185, added on May 28th, 2006 at 6:18 AM.

I love this poem. I think that Frost captures the reality of life in an
out of the way place and the fragility of life. Its seems to me that
mourning the death of the boy was a luxury that his family could not afford
because of the hardship of their every day life. Its such a sad poem.

Megan from Australia
Comment 53 of 185, added on April 29th, 2006 at 1:06 AM.

firstly, the title of the poem is a quote from Macbeth. The techniques used
include a speech, storylike narrative, and short tense setnances. There are
also sounds such as "snarled and rattled" The language is also used to get
acorss the meaning, eg: the use of "rueful laugh" is ornic. The meaning of
the poem is about life and death, and the attitue of others. It is about a
good life that has been wasted. Frost points out how precious life is, an
dhow easiy things can change so quicky.

Paddy from Australia
Comment 52 of 185, added on April 6th, 2006 at 7:55 AM.

your poem is a piece of shit

katie from United States
Comment 51 of 185, added on March 29th, 2006 at 2:32 AM.

Reading this poem for the first time is a powerful experience, for if you
simply surrender to the words, and let yourself feel the impact Frost is
conveying, you can't help but shudder at the end, even after multiple
reading. It's the "chills up your spine" emotional connectivity we seek.
That's what poetry is all about. I don't want to over-analyze the meaning,
I want to feel the connection, and in so doing, come to a deeper level of
understanding. This is the capacity that every one of us has - to
appreciate genius and artistry even though we may not posses the raw talent
ourselves. It's a uniquely human ability, and one that many people ignore
because it does take effort and practice. It's the same thing that
prevents someone from appreciating fine art, or classical music. It takes
effort, but as anyone who makes the effort can tell you, there's nothing
else like it on earth.

Printninja
Comment 50 of 185, added on March 27th, 2006 at 2:24 PM.

Fair point Gaz. but to say that this poem has no deeper meaning would mean
there was no purposeful reason behind writing it. if it was just a story
then why would Frost bother? why would he angonize over the creation of
rhymth, alliteration etc? Besides, Frost was a thoughtful kinda guy. In his
other Poems like Birches and The Road Not Taken, it seems like he is
exploring a number of concepts and themes although on the surface, he tells
a simplistic story.

Jenny from United Kingdom
Comment 49 of 185, added on March 27th, 2006 at 8:13 AM.

The irregular use of iambic pentameter and the frequent use of caesura and
enjambement through out 'Out, Out-' conveys the spontaneity of impulsive
thoughts. This is also indicated through the unconvential syntax
(arragement of sentences) of certain lines, such as 'Call it a day, i wish
they might have said'
You may want to comment on the use of onomatopoeia and assonace in the
first few lines especially...comment on the effect the poem has because of
these devices.
Hope this helps!! Good Luck all.


Jenny from United Kingdom
Comment 48 of 185, added on March 26th, 2006 at 9:53 PM.

I really don't completely understand poetry, but the words are nice and
all. I just hate having to dig deep and figure out what in the world those
crazy, weird people meant when they wrote all that. Frost is really morbid
in this poem, but I know that it has a lot of meaning and I wanted to say
thanks to every1 that has contributed something relevant and helpful.
You're my heroes!


Meagan from United States
Comment 47 of 185, added on March 20th, 2006 at 11:00 AM.

i don't lik this poem because it isn't modern enough

lolly from Belgium
Comment 46 of 185, added on March 18th, 2006 at 4:59 PM.

my understanding of this poem is not full and proper and i need someone
with the skills of imparting simple but evaluative expalnation coz my exam
on it is near to come.

anu young from United Kingdom

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Information about 'Out, Out--'

Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 24. 'Out, Out--'
Volume: Mountain Interval
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 1 2004
Viewed: 712 times
Poem of the Day: Sep 3 2000


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