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

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Comment 71 of 621, added on May 21st, 2011 at 5:41 AM.
analysis and comment on "out out" by Robert Frost

the theme of this poem is uncertainly and unpredictably of life which may
be accidentally ended at any moment.the story of a boy who is doing hard
work that is not suitable with his age,suddenly whose life destroyed. the
poem has allusion to the "out out bref candle"of shakspeare and a reference
to the "macbeth" story.another is the word "supper",it allusion to the
"last supper painting of Leonardo da vinci"

hana from Iran
Comment 70 of 621, added on February 17th, 2011 at 12:12 PM.
Oh yes

I like this poem very much. It takes the mind away from concetration and it
is very good.

Sadam Ayala from Iraq
Comment 69 of 621, 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 621, added on March 18th, 2010 at 3:41 PM.

I Like this poem very much

SAADIA KHAN from Pakistan
Comment 67 of 621, 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 621, 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 621, 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 621, 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 621, 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 621, 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

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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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