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

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Comment 66 of 636, added on April 5th, 2009 at 2:38 PM.

I totally agree with Rohan Gaddh. In fact, I liked his comment better than
the poem itself \m/

Abhinav Krishna from India
Comment 65 of 636, added on February 20th, 2009 at 11:38 AM.

i fully agree with you that it is we who disect a poem whereas a poet must
have just expressed an emotion.......Is it a must that there should be some
hidden meaning or metaphor in every poem? I read 'out and out' and just
felt very sad and may be angry at the callousness which exists all around
us. I feel this is what frost is feeling......sad and angry.

sonia from India
Comment 64 of 636, added on March 30th, 2008 at 2:25 AM.

the key word of the poem is "Supper". the last supper requires a victim.
after this sacrifice nobody took care, like Icarus, (you know another
famous poem),it will be a myth for a while good to entertain the mob.

gabriel d'oracio from Romania
Comment 63 of 636, added on February 13th, 2008 at 8:50 AM.

"Sweet scented stuff"
This creates a soft quiet sound which sort of lulls you, also later in that
line the poets word choice is effective because he says.. "breeze" which
also creates a soft gentle atmosphere. But the repetition of "snarled and
rattled" gives us a foreboding of something bad to come.

Tony from United Kingdom
Comment 62 of 636, added on January 10th, 2008 at 7:58 PM.

The emphasis on the words "Snarled and rattled", at the beginning of the
poem, suggests to me a tragedy of some sort.
Snarled.......like a dog, rattled....like someting not in
working order, gives us a foreboding of something bad to come. The use of
the word "Sunset", when all dies down can be linked to the end of the Boys

margaret from Ireland
Comment 61 of 636, added on July 2nd, 2007 at 6:28 AM.

I do not want to criticize this work of 'art'-The reason I like this poem
is that,as I understand,the poet despises the callousness people show
towards such incidents as this-I think this poem is dealing with a note of
cruel callousness of things against man-against man by his own
fellow-beings.This also convey ideas of bruteforce of mechines,and with it
we see the boy's life dying 'out',which also captures the briefness of
life.I do not know whether my understanding is wrong,but just thought of
giving my opinion about it.

Radds from Sri Lanka
Comment 60 of 636, added on May 22nd, 2007 at 10:43 PM.

Personally, I doubt that this poem has ANYTHING to do with the World Wars,
and really, what was the purpose of putting down what Frost got his idea
from the poem from? It completely takes away from the analytical side of
the poem, and the mystery that is hidden has been revealed. The POINT of
almost all poems that anyone has written is the mystery that is in its
depth, and you who told the truth about the poem has just ruined the entire
thing! Before I learned the so called 'truth', I assumed that this BOY, boy
being key word-as in-not MAN-, had no father and so, was doing a man's work
to provide for his family. If so, then the reason that he so desperatly
wanted his hand was so to keep his family from complete poverty. I think
that the mountains described in the first few lines of the poem symbolize
the barriers that have been put forth to the boy, that he CANNOT prevent
what will happen to not. The SUNSET that is mentioned may symbolize the
ending of life, that is quickly proven at the end of the poem, as the boy
dies. The saw is portrayed as an animal, not exactly a snake, because a
snake HISSES, but the repition of the '...snarled and rattled, snarled and
rattled,' , has a major impression on this poem. I am not quite sure of why
it is repeated (emphasis?) but I'm sure it is extremely important to the
poem as a whole. I do not know what role the sister plays in this poem,
(perhaps just a distraction) but as the reptition mentioned before, I am
sure she has an important part as well.

Mir from United States
Comment 59 of 636, added on May 4th, 2007 at 5:30 AM.

what if a poet writes something just because its meaningful to them, what
if they didnt intend to use language techniques, imagery, sound devices and
so on? i have written poems, of course they are not brilliant but i didn't
write them so they could be analysed or looked at like a specimen. i simply
wrote them to evoke feelings and tell stories. what if a poet simply wants
you to feel instead of looking for all the techniques used! at school we
have pages and pages of notes on how to appreciate a poem! dosen't that
sound silly? to anyone? i just want to know if im the only one who feels
that not all poems are there to be analysed.

brei from Australia
Comment 58 of 636, added on April 12th, 2007 at 5:09 AM.

hi i like this poem cause it show us how much life is a comedy , we spend
it all on fighting and working hardly to reach our 'dreams'and needs that
have no end and we forget that everything has an end an end that give no
importance to our motivations or dreams or even age as in the peom above so
i think it s better to"work for your dreams as if your living forever,and
work for you god gd tings as if you will die tomorrow"

nassira from Morocco
Comment 57 of 636, added on March 27th, 2007 at 10:08 PM.

i am not surprised at frost with his title that suggests a more in depth
meaning than its surface. like lady macbeth in macbeth, a deed was already
done that could not be undone.
the title suggests the literal meaning of someone taken out of existence,
life taken out of him, the blood taken out of him.it may sound morbid, but
frosts speaks to reality a lot, using stories to redirect us to the morbid
truthhs about our existence and our limitations as humans not to mention
the inexperiences and innocence of a child no matter what role he takes
frost demands that his readers dig deep for meaning and that a one time
reading is never enough.
thre is contrast as he sets this terrible mishap against the background of
5 mountain ranges. is there a deeper significance to these mountains.,do
they signify hardships, or peace after death.we the reders are yet again
drawn into the psychological warfare of anger vs empathy.why did this boy
give up so easily/ is it the act that even though he is a boy he recognises
that he will be useless and become a burden to hi family along with the
fact that it was just a frightening experienc/
from the beginning of this dramatic piece of work we are made to expect
something gruesom the snarl, like that of an untamed , wild beast, the
rattling which again is an animal that moves fast and is dangerous, the
snake.is there dramatic irony here/

clearleen smith from Jamaica

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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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