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

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Comment 69 of 609, added on April 7th, 2010 at 11:50 PM.

I feel that Robert Frost appreciates manual labour over the 'buzz saw' in
this poem...he stresses on the unimaginative quality of the machine,its
lack of thought. After all its a mechanical object programmed by man to
"[make] dust and [drop] stove-length sticks of wood".he also personifies
the 'buzz saw' to a wild predatory animal "The buzz-saw snarled and rattled
in the yard". He finally shows the value of the 'hand' by the unexpected
death of the boy.."He saw all spoiled" he was dead the moment he lost his
hand as he could work no more.he,without his hand,was useless to society.he
could no longer play the role of the breadwinner too.there is a reference
to child labour too. "...big boy
Doing a man's work, though a child at heart" he was yet immature to do this
task which he performs merely to earn a living...not for its joy or
pleasure.his 'sister', too,is " in her apron ".perhaps she too was a child
assigned to do a task beyond her age.I hope I'm not wrong!

fisha from Sri Lanka
Comment 68 of 609, added on March 18th, 2010 at 3:41 PM.

I Like this poem very much

SAADIA KHAN from Pakistan
Comment 67 of 609, added on November 2nd, 2009 at 2:00 PM.

I agree with megan from australia. yea i feel that mourning there son was a
luxury which means even the loss of a child cant stop life from moving on
cause life is always gonna move on.

tanesha from United States
Comment 66 of 609, added on April 5th, 2009 at 2:38 PM.

I totally agree with Rohan Gaddh. In fact, I liked his comment better than
the poem itself \m/

Abhinav Krishna from India
Comment 65 of 609, added on February 20th, 2009 at 11:38 AM.

i fully agree with you that it is we who disect a poem whereas a poet must
have just expressed an emotion.......Is it a must that there should be some
hidden meaning or metaphor in every poem? I read 'out and out' and just
felt very sad and may be angry at the callousness which exists all around
us. I feel this is what frost is feeling......sad and angry.

sonia from India
Comment 64 of 609, added on March 30th, 2008 at 2:25 AM.

the key word of the poem is "Supper". the last supper requires a victim.
after this sacrifice nobody took care, like Icarus, (you know another
famous poem),it will be a myth for a while good to entertain the mob.

gabriel d'oracio from Romania
Comment 63 of 609, added on February 13th, 2008 at 8:50 AM.

"Sweet scented stuff"
This creates a soft quiet sound which sort of lulls you, also later in that
line the poets word choice is effective because he says.. "breeze" which
also creates a soft gentle atmosphere. But the repetition of "snarled and
rattled" gives us a foreboding of something bad to come.

Tony from United Kingdom
Comment 62 of 609, added on January 10th, 2008 at 7:58 PM.

The emphasis on the words "Snarled and rattled", at the beginning of the
poem, suggests to me a tragedy of some sort.
Snarled.......like a dog, rattled....like someting not in
working order, gives us a foreboding of something bad to come. The use of
the word "Sunset", when all dies down can be linked to the end of the Boys

margaret from Ireland
Comment 61 of 609, added on July 2nd, 2007 at 6:28 AM.

I do not want to criticize this work of 'art'-The reason I like this poem
is that,as I understand,the poet despises the callousness people show
towards such incidents as this-I think this poem is dealing with a note of
cruel callousness of things against man-against man by his own
fellow-beings.This also convey ideas of bruteforce of mechines,and with it
we see the boy's life dying 'out',which also captures the briefness of
life.I do not know whether my understanding is wrong,but just thought of
giving my opinion about it.

Radds from Sri Lanka
Comment 60 of 609, added on May 22nd, 2007 at 10:43 PM.

Personally, I doubt that this poem has ANYTHING to do with the World Wars,
and really, what was the purpose of putting down what Frost got his idea
from the poem from? It completely takes away from the analytical side of
the poem, and the mystery that is hidden has been revealed. The POINT of
almost all poems that anyone has written is the mystery that is in its
depth, and you who told the truth about the poem has just ruined the entire
thing! Before I learned the so called 'truth', I assumed that this BOY, boy
being key word-as in-not MAN-, had no father and so, was doing a man's work
to provide for his family. If so, then the reason that he so desperatly
wanted his hand was so to keep his family from complete poverty. I think
that the mountains described in the first few lines of the poem symbolize
the barriers that have been put forth to the boy, that he CANNOT prevent
what will happen to not. The SUNSET that is mentioned may symbolize the
ending of life, that is quickly proven at the end of the poem, as the boy
dies. The saw is portrayed as an animal, not exactly a snake, because a
snake HISSES, but the repition of the '...snarled and rattled, snarled and
rattled,' , has a major impression on this poem. I am not quite sure of why
it is repeated (emphasis?) but I'm sure it is extremely important to the
poem as a whole. I do not know what role the sister plays in this poem,
(perhaps just a distraction) but as the reptition mentioned before, I am
sure she has an important part as well.

Mir from United States

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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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