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

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Comment 42 of 602, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 8:23 PM.

its sad that the boy had to die because he was trying to help the work and
acted mature at work.
Even though it was just for 30 minutes, he still got something done. There
were lots of imageries, 5 sensories, and lilterary device. I didn't get
when the family just saw and didn't say anything. It's a little bit
But this poem was not a good poem on one of the Frost's poem. He writes way
better than these poems that let us wonder about these life situation.

Jane from United States
Comment 41 of 602, added on February 22nd, 2006 at 10:30 AM.

can anyone help i would be v. grateful. although i do think the poem
shows great use of alliteration and personification plz help

amool from United Kingdom
Comment 40 of 602, added on February 17th, 2006 at 9:25 AM.

i read it only because i had a presentation about a poem and i found this
an read it.

Comment 39 of 602, added on February 9th, 2006 at 1:35 PM.

my fav line is 'sun set far into vermont' as it means a number of things
such as the day is coming to an end and there is an end to the boys life.
this is a great use of imagery as it gives you the nostalgic feeling.

rachel from Ireland
Comment 38 of 602, added on February 9th, 2006 at 1:24 PM.

im 15 and studying robert frost for GSCE. so if anyone could help i would
be v. grateful. although i do think the poem shows great use of
alliteration and personification.

rachel from Ireland
Comment 37 of 602, added on January 19th, 2006 at 8:04 PM.

In looking at Frost's poem, we have to realize first that this poem uses
Macbeth's famous soliloquy to reinforce the theme that life is "brief and
uncertain." Now that we have the theme, we can try to apply certain
literay term's importance to the poem including the onomatopoeia of the
snarling and buzzing saw, the repetition of these words illustrates the
malice of death, along with the act of the saw leaping at the boy's hand,
not allowing the boy to cease his work to take a break for supper. The saw
is a sort of metaphorical representation of the way the meaningless tasks
of life (including sawing wood and doing waste of time essays like these)
prevents us from living our lives, it is illstrated that the boy believes
that his manly work has denied him life ("Then the boy saw all--/ Since he
was old enough to know, big boy/ Doing a man's work, though a child at
heart--/ He saw all spoiled.") We can possibly assume that the careless
"child" that the boy was allowed his hand to meet with the say because of
the way Frost show's the boy's meeting with the saw ("with a rueful
laugh"). But most importantly the last line of the poem must be observed
"And they, since they/ Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs,"
because this shows the emotionless, miserable life these people lived in
order to put this boy to work, deny him even the half hour for relief from

MS from Australia
Comment 36 of 602, added on January 18th, 2006 at 7:01 AM.

I have an exam tomorrow on Frost so here goes my final attempts at
understanding his poems. I defitely agree that it's not that the family are
heartless but that because they live in a rural setting then they must move
on. It was quite common for rural families to react in that way as it was
also their way of grieving. If you look at Frost's other poem 'Home Burial'
you will see two very different reactions of a child's death from a married
man and woman. The man reacts in the same way as the rural family in 'Out,
Out!" whereas the woman is deeply grieving and can't understand how her
husband can just get on with things. It's definitely an interesting
interpretation of rural life, especially since Frost himself did live in
rural New England

Maria from Ireland
Comment 35 of 602, added on December 22nd, 2005 at 11:33 PM.

Bah. writing an essay about this poem, Kristina on page 3 was quite
helpful, got me thinking about some things.

Jerbear from Canada
Comment 34 of 602, added on December 13th, 2005 at 1:31 PM.

this poem was ok, it was kind of weird cause it talks about a boy gettin
his hand cut off by a chain saw but it was pretty interesting. Lets just
say that it keep me reading it so that has to say something since i dont
even like poetry and i would have never read this if my teacher wouldnt
have made me. But ya know it was ok

ashley from Fiji
Comment 33 of 602, 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

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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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