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

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Comment 58 of 588, added on April 12th, 2007 at 5:09 AM.

hi i like this poem cause it show us how much life is a comedy , we spend
it all on fighting and working hardly to reach our 'dreams'and needs that
have no end and we forget that everything has an end an end that give no
importance to our motivations or dreams or even age as in the peom above so
i think it s better to"work for your dreams as if your living forever,and
work for you god gd tings as if you will die tomorrow"

nassira from Morocco
Comment 57 of 588, added on March 27th, 2007 at 10:08 PM.

i am not surprised at frost with his title that suggests a more in depth
meaning than its surface. like lady macbeth in macbeth, a deed was already
done that could not be undone.
the title suggests the literal meaning of someone taken out of existence,
life taken out of him, the blood taken out of him.it may sound morbid, but
frosts speaks to reality a lot, using stories to redirect us to the morbid
truthhs about our existence and our limitations as humans not to mention
the inexperiences and innocence of a child no matter what role he takes
frost demands that his readers dig deep for meaning and that a one time
reading is never enough.
thre is contrast as he sets this terrible mishap against the background of
5 mountain ranges. is there a deeper significance to these mountains.,do
they signify hardships, or peace after death.we the reders are yet again
drawn into the psychological warfare of anger vs empathy.why did this boy
give up so easily/ is it the act that even though he is a boy he recognises
that he will be useless and become a burden to hi family along with the
fact that it was just a frightening experienc/
from the beginning of this dramatic piece of work we are made to expect
something gruesom the snarl, like that of an untamed , wild beast, the
rattling which again is an animal that moves fast and is dangerous, the
snake.is there dramatic irony here/

clearleen smith from Jamaica
Comment 56 of 588, added on February 22nd, 2007 at 7:37 PM.

this is hard to read

lady beth from United States
Comment 55 of 588, 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 588, 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 588, 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 588, added on April 6th, 2006 at 7:55 AM.

your poem is a piece of shit

katie from United States
Comment 51 of 588, 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.

Comment 50 of 588, 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 588, 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

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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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