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

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Comment 4 of 184, added on December 13th, 2004 at 2:09 AM.

the title to this poem is an allusion to shakespears mcbeth. i think they
relate because nobody seems to take the life of the boy seriously. with
this in mind, if you look at the end of mcbeth when the wife dies, the
husband kind of blows off her death to by saying "out, out-brief candle,
life is but a waking candle" Indeed the last line of this poem could be
considered cruel, but it could be considered as an act of devotion.
because he dies, life still must go on. the family was trying to go on and
survive out of necessity. perhaps they couldnt mourn because they didnt
have time, not because they didn't care. i love this poem!!!!

Denise from texas from United States
Comment 3 of 184, added on December 3rd, 2004 at 1:19 PM.

I have to interpret this poem for class. ots seems silly to have to read
this cruel poem. Nobody care that the boy dies. I wonder what kind of
community the boy lives in.He worked to help the family out, loses his
hands , so then he doenst become valuable anymore? Dumb!!!!!!

vanessa from United States
Comment 2 of 184, added on October 27th, 2004 at 4:49 PM.

Robert Frost is a naturalist poet, it seems that outdoors is his favorite
place, but in this poem the outdoors is a place of work for a boy so young
but yet in a man's place. The boy hears the sound of the saw as a rattle
and a snarl, these things are sounds of harm or fear, but yet in light work
or heavy, it had a job to do, just as the boy had a job to do. It ends
with the boy and the saw, being happy to stop the chores, but not knowing
which threw first to stop, ends the life of the boy, just like the blowing
out of a candle, Out, Out- just a shadow.

N.Daniel from United States
Comment 1 of 184, added on October 6th, 2004 at 1:03 PM.

Rather morbid, but the imagery is wonderful. It makes you look at the lack
of permanence on this plane.


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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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