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

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Comment 24 of 184, added on October 18th, 2005 at 1:07 AM.

This poem is wonderfully written in verse befitting Shakespeare. The
allusion to "MacBeth" is so powerful. It doesn't give an explanation of
the soliloquy that partly inspired "Out, Out--", but it does present the
same puzzle to the reader which he/she must figure out: The mystery of
life, the contemplation of death, and the will to move on.

TjB from United States
Comment 23 of 184, added on October 13th, 2005 at 9:58 PM.

I am also researching this poem and I found something interesting that you
guys should know. Frost wrote this poem after reading a artical in the
newspaper. Here it is: Lancaster, Nov 18th-- John M. Adams, son of Mr. and
Mrs. James Adams, Route 3, Riverton, died last Saturday evening as a result
of injuries he received while operating a power saw on his parent's farm.
The accident happened late Saturday afternoon while young Adams, his
brother Stephen, 12, and his father were sawing logs. Apparently the boy
was momentarily distracted while feeding a piece of wood into the blade,
which caught his hand and amputated it.
The youth's sister, Maude, 17, was witness to the accident. She said that
her mother had sent her to call her father and brother to supper. The
accident occurred, she said, just as she called to them.
Mr. Adams immediately drove to nearby Riverton for a doctor. He finally
located Dr. E. L. White and drove him back to the farm.
Dr. White said that when he arrived the boy was already in shock from loss
of blood, and that it was impossible to save him. The cause of death was
listed by the coroner as accidental.
Funeral services on Tuesday were held in Riverton Congregational Church,
and internment was in Good Hope Cemetery.


Matt from United States
Comment 22 of 184, added on October 13th, 2005 at 3:37 PM.

i think that perhaps the boy who dies in the poem maybe wants to injure
himself to get out of work as he doesnt like it and because it says "a
child at heart" he was foolish and didnt realise what the consequences
would be, DEATH!

hannah from United Kingdom
Comment 21 of 184, added on October 13th, 2005 at 3:37 PM.

i think that perhaps the boy who dies in the poem maybe wants to injure
himself to get out of work as he doesnt like it and because it says "a
child at heart" he was foolish and didnt realise what the consequences
would be, DEATH!

hannah from United Kingdom
Comment 20 of 184, added on September 29th, 2005 at 9:25 AM.

I think this poem may be a representation of Frost's life. specifically the
death of his son. The boy in the poem enjoys life but dreams of becoming an
adult. Taking on a man's job is good for society, but results in him losing
his life- society then have no time to grieve because of the era in which
they live in where work is more important than life itself

Laura from United Kingdom
Comment 19 of 184, added on September 29th, 2005 at 3:13 AM.

ok, i performed this lyrical poem at the gold coast eisteddfod and i
believe it is just a representation of life - not all poem have deeper
construed meanings - it is a reflection of the time that it was written,
about events that could happen... it uses alliteration, onomatopoeia and a
number of other literary techniques. It is a beautiful piece, despite it's
eerie nature and traumatic events...

Jaimie from Australia
Comment 18 of 184, added on September 18th, 2005 at 8:04 AM.

Though I am not a great fan of Robert Frost but this poem was really
appealing as it showed that whatever happens,life moves on.One must do
deeds such that he/she can contentfully leave this planet

rohan gaddh from India
Comment 17 of 184, added on September 9th, 2005 at 12:35 PM.

hi to all of the people with the random guesses the only way to understand
poetry is to under stand the context there is no sublininal meaning to the
peom its very simple frost knew a family who his children used to play with
called raymond fitzgerald who one day was cutting wood and worked a
bitlonger than normal 'call it a day i wish they had said' he then cut his
hand off with an electrical saw THE STORY IS SIMPLE! the olnly compliction
is the end line what does he mean i belive that he believes that it is a
waste of young life but also people need to mourn his death and have to
move on but they never even consder this i think this poem is a poem of
discust to the parents and ramond RIP


Gaz from United Kingdom
Comment 16 of 184, added on August 28th, 2005 at 9:02 AM.

What do you think the poem is all about?

ivy mukubesa from Sweden
Comment 15 of 184, added on August 24th, 2005 at 5:16 PM.

I had never read any work by Robert Frost until I was placed in an advanced
english course recently. I gathered nothing from this poem my first time
reading it. As for my second and even third, I began to understnad that its
placed in the first world war and is the story of boys taking on the
responsibilites of a man for whatever reason. Its sad because the boy is
"worthless" and dies once his hand is amputated. I'm not really a big fan
of it, but it is good.

Kendall from United States

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Information about 'Out, Out--'

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


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