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Comment 44 of 124, added on March 14th, 2006 at 8:06 AM.
i think this poem is about the countryside and its daily routine.the boy is
doing his work to help the parents.wealso do household work to help our
parents.the boy is tired and hungry and when the sister calls him for the
supper he lost the attention and gives his hand to hte saw accidently.the
poem is about the daily happennings in the countryside.maybe in new england
country side where the poet lived.
johnny from Sri Lanka
Comment 43 of 124, added on March 13th, 2006 at 3:06 PM.
THANK YOU, GAZ!! (the guy from UK on page 3)
dude, you know, most poets are drunks and everything- do you really think
that there is some elaborate subliminal message that they hide in their
poetry? they probably just go into a bar, write stuff down, then hand it to
their publisher. Now, don't get me wrong, i like poetry just as much as the
next guy, but, to psyco-analize the stuff is ridiculous!
sarah from United States
Comment 42 of 124, 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 124, 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
from United Kingdom
Comment 40 of 124, 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 124, 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.
Comment 38 of 124, 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 124, 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 124, 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 124, 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
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