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

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Comment 13 of 583, 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 583, 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.

Comment 11 of 583, 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 583, 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
Comment 9 of 583, added on May 25th, 2005 at 5:28 AM.

The reason the people simply watched the boy die and walked away is because
they have to work to live and couldnt afford to "stick around and help".
They most likely had tears running down their faces but knew they could do
no more for the young boy.

On a metaphorical level however the poem represents the fact that life is
short and unpredictable, live it to the fullest and don't deter yourself
from your dreams

Skenvoy from Australia
Comment 8 of 583, added on May 12th, 2005 at 10:36 PM.

I am doing a class presentation for my high school english CP class, and I
chose to do a presentation on Robert Frost. Each student has to present
two of the poet's poems and do and analisis on each one. This is one of
the peoms that I chose and I think that it will be a very fun poem to
present. I anyone has any ideas about what other peom that I should
analise, then email me within the next week. Thank you.

Nick from Indiana from United States
Comment 7 of 583, added on April 29th, 2005 at 9:22 AM.

I'm doing research on robert frost for school and i needed a summary of
this poem so if someone could provide me with a summary by email i would
really appricaite it. Thanks, Kristen

kristen from United States
Comment 6 of 583, added on February 14th, 2005 at 11:35 PM.

This poem is also about the contrast between the grief felt by the child
(the loss of his hand) and the grief shown by the parents by the loss of
their child.

Cindy from United States
Comment 5 of 583, added on December 16th, 2004 at 4:48 PM.

Alright i have analyzed this poem in the past but i cant rememeber what my
past analysis was of the poem but when researching for my english class
recently i have discovered that there is like no information on this poem
and that more should be posted and that we need information on the rhythm
of the poem and the feet of the poem.......neways all i have to say is that
this poem i believe demonstrates how many people are in real life
especially back during the time that Frost's lived. I think this is
actually quite a good poem to read even though the poem is rather cruel in

Daniel from Florida from United States
Comment 4 of 583, added on December 13th, 2004 at 2:09 AM.

the title to this poem is an allusion to shakespears mcbeth. i think they
relate because nobody seems to take the life of the boy seriously. with
this in mind, if you look at the end of mcbeth when the wife dies, the
husband kind of blows off her death to by saying "out, out-brief candle,
life is but a waking candle" Indeed the last line of this poem could be
considered cruel, but it could be considered as an act of devotion.
because he dies, life still must go on. the family was trying to go on and
survive out of necessity. perhaps they couldnt mourn because they didnt
have time, not because they didn't care. i love this poem!!!!

Denise from texas 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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