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

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Comment 33 of 583, added on December 3rd, 2005 at 11:37 AM.

It's significant that only 3 lines in the poem actually mention the boy
dying. The other workers don't care about the boy because he was only
valued as a worker, not as a person. Also, in the last 7 lines when the boy
is dying, there is a notable absence of his family members.

Alexis from United States
Comment 32 of 583, added on November 30th, 2005 at 9:40 AM.

tihs poem was good one of my favorites by frost!!!!!

Mellisa from United States
Comment 31 of 583, added on November 28th, 2005 at 5:59 PM.

this poem was a great poem and I really enjoyed it

mathew from United States
Comment 30 of 583, added on November 15th, 2005 at 9:12 PM.

The poem has a very poignant ending that reinforces what the poem is about
and shows emotion

Kristen Tredrea from Australia
Comment 29 of 583, 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 583, 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 583, 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 583, 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 583, 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 583, 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

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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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