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

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Comment 19 of 579, added on September 29th, 2005 at 3:13 AM.

ok, i performed this lyrical poem at the gold coast eisteddfod and i
believe it is just a representation of life - not all poem have deeper
construed meanings - it is a reflection of the time that it was written,
about events that could happen... it uses alliteration, onomatopoeia and a
number of other literary techniques. It is a beautiful piece, despite it's
eerie nature and traumatic events...

Jaimie from Australia
Comment 18 of 579, added on September 18th, 2005 at 8:04 AM.

Though I am not a great fan of Robert Frost but this poem was really
appealing as it showed that whatever happens,life moves on.One must do
deeds such that he/she can contentfully leave this planet

rohan gaddh from India
Comment 17 of 579, added on September 9th, 2005 at 12:35 PM.

hi to all of the people with the random guesses the only way to understand
poetry is to under stand the context there is no sublininal meaning to the
peom its very simple frost knew a family who his children used to play with
called raymond fitzgerald who one day was cutting wood and worked a
bitlonger than normal 'call it a day i wish they had said' he then cut his
hand off with an electrical saw THE STORY IS SIMPLE! the olnly compliction
is the end line what does he mean i belive that he believes that it is a
waste of young life but also people need to mourn his death and have to
move on but they never even consder this i think this poem is a poem of
discust to the parents and ramond RIP


Gaz from United Kingdom
Comment 16 of 579, added on August 28th, 2005 at 9:02 AM.

What do you think the poem is all about?

ivy mukubesa from Sweden
Comment 15 of 579, added on August 24th, 2005 at 5:16 PM.

I had never read any work by Robert Frost until I was placed in an advanced
english course recently. I gathered nothing from this poem my first time
reading it. As for my second and even third, I began to understnad that its
placed in the first world war and is the story of boys taking on the
responsibilites of a man for whatever reason. Its sad because the boy is
"worthless" and dies once his hand is amputated. I'm not really a big fan
of it, but it is good.

Kendall from United States
Comment 14 of 579, added on August 23rd, 2005 at 5:40 PM.

The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard... Robert Frost is using
alliteration in this poem, in line 3 Sweet-scented stuff... the sss
indicates in the "snarl of a snake, particularly a rattle snake in this
case.
in the second line, Stove-length sticks of wood indicates of moses's stick
that turned into a cobra. i think there is a subliminal message in this
poem; i think robert frost was trying to tell us somting vey important. his
sister stood next to him... another alliteration the word "supper." in wich
meaning "the last supper." then the boy saw all... a major pun. on the
forth to last sentence No one believed... as if saying, no one believes in
jesus anymore. if anyone is following what I am saying then leave a
comment.

Kristina from United States
Comment 13 of 579, added on July 11th, 2005 at 1:18 PM.

This poem is an interesting look at rural life at the turn of the century.
Young men or boys were put to work doing mens work as soon as possible. The
setting is described as a rural landscape with the mountains in the
distance. The boy seems to be resentful that he has not had a childhood,
and in losing his hand will lose his value to his family and community. He
dies, both from the loss of blood and poor medical technology and because,
maybe he just gave up. The family and community do not have time to grieve
they must get back to surviving the harsh reality of their time.

Ron from United States
Comment 12 of 579, added on July 5th, 2005 at 5:06 PM.

I am writing a paper on robert frost and I read his Poem Out Out. ok so the
boy is valued in the beginning because he's a boy and boy's are like men
and men are good for fighting, defending and work, when a man is needed to
be replace a boy is there, that's why he is worth much but when his
hands(limbs) are cut off he's worth less and not cared for when his is
dying, because society doesn't need him so that's why he is left to die.
How ironic because in the beginning he is seen as good and valueable then
in the end he is seen as less then trash.

grace
Comment 11 of 579, added on May 28th, 2005 at 9:19 PM.

I am not an expert on the writing style of Robert Frost, but I think that
this poem represents World War 1, especially since it was written half way
through the war. I think that the boy taking the responsibilities of a man
represents the men going to war, and the sons taking their
responsibilities. Also, the loss of the limb and the death of the boy
represnets both the loss of limbs many soldiers suffer and the deaths the
result in many cases, and the death of a part of someone deep inside when
they physically lose a piece of themselves.

Chris from Canada
Comment 10 of 579, added on May 28th, 2005 at 8:25 PM.

Although I am not an expert on the style of writing Robert Frost uses, I
think that this poem could very possibly relate to the first world war. It
was written half way through it, and many things relate to it. First of
all, there is a boy taking the responsibilities of a man, very possibly
because the man was sent to war. The people could not stand around and
mourn because they had to carry on with their lives and support their
families. Also, the boys hand getting cut off represents that of what
happens to many in war, and many times they become useless in war or die,
just like the boy. That is the way I interperet this poem anyways, and I
like it!

Chris from Canada

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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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