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

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Comment 29 of 579, added on November 15th, 2005 at 9:04 PM.

This is one of my more enjoyable poems. The way this poem ends is very to
the point, one of Frosts best, definatley one for the ages.

Brett Stratford from Australia
Comment 28 of 579, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 6:46 PM.

I love this poem; the end two lines are just so practical "No more to build
on there. And they, since they Were not the one dead, turned to their
affairs". And the personification of the saw, is just so cute and yet when
you realise what’s happened it's like a blow. The reason that this poem is
sooo good is that it deals with death with a sad practicality.

Cherry Quintel from Australia
Comment 27 of 579, added on November 1st, 2005 at 11:20 PM.

Besides being related to Shakespeare, one can also say that the poem is
related to William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies, where the fall of
innocence is present. In “Out, Out--”, the boy’s hand gets cut off and he
sees all. He sees the real world as it really is, as a world of cold,
almost heartless nature. In The Lord of the Flies, Ralph sees the innate
evil nature of man and especially the loss of innocence in man. Ralph
finally sees just how evil man is, and can no longer go back to his
innocent phase of life. That is one the themes in The Lord of the Flies
and, in “Out, Out--”, a main theme is how life goes on.

jack from United States
Comment 26 of 579, added on October 25th, 2005 at 11:19 PM.

i love how this poem reflects the dark thoughts in Macbeth. "Out, out,
brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and
frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more..." Thats exactly
what this poem is about. The boy has a short and unfulfiling life. He dies
young and is "heard no more." I think its funny that he compares life to a
candle and then says it is heard no more... lol... a candle was never
"heard" in the first place...

Will from United States
Comment 25 of 579, added on October 25th, 2005 at 4:38 AM.

The poems about a young boy who gets his hand chopped off, his peers and
other people around him MUST get on with life, they have no time to mourn,
this is not aacceptable now a days but could have been common in 1916. The
poem shows great resemblemence to macbeth an this is why the title is out
out.

lucy from United Kingdom
Comment 24 of 579, 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 579, 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 579, 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 579, 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 579, 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

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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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