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Out, Out Analysis



Author: Poetry of Robert Frost Type: Poetry Views: 12545

Mountain Interval1916The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard

And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,

Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.

And from there those that lifted eyes could count

Five mountain ranges one behind the other

Under the sunset far into Vermont.

And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled,

As it ran light, or had to bear a load.

And nothing happened: day was all but done.

Call it a day, I wish they might have said

To please the boy by giving him the half hour

That a boy counts so much when saved from work.

His sister stood beside them in her apron

To tell them "Supper." At that word, the saw,

As if to prove saws knew what supper meant,

Leaped out at the boy's hand, or seemed to leap --

He must have given the hand. However it was,

Neither refused the meeting. But the hand!

The boy's first outcry was a rueful laugh,

As he swung toward them holding up the hand

Half in appeal, but half as if to keep

The life from spilling. 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. "Don't let him cut my hand off --

The doctor, when he comes. Don't let him, sister!"

So. But the hand was gone already.

The doctor put him in the dark of ether.

He lay and puffed his lips out with his breath.

And then - the watcher at his pulse took fright.

No one believed. They listened at his heart.

Little -- less -- nothing! -- and that ended it.

No more to build on there. And they, since they

Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.






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the gist of the poem is:
nothingness of life and its brevity!, lack of sympathy when they leave him when they know that his death is not related to them! and finally unpredictability of life when a young boy dies early!, so life doesn't sympathize with us.
thanks/

| Posted on 2014-06-20 | by a guest


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"Five mountain ranges under the sunset far in Vermont" seems to already foreshadow the boy's short life. The mountains could be an image of his counting down his time left till his death and the sunset as an end to his life as a metaphor. It also feels like an image of the divine, as it has a very pastoral feel to it, very loving of nature similar to Frost's other poems. This could be consider a wider theme perhaps?
Alicia, 17 England
thanks so much for the comments, saving my AS levels right now!! :D hope this helped others.

| Posted on 2014-04-12 | by a guest


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"Five mountain ranges under the sunset far in Vermont" seems to already foreshadow the boy's short life. The mountains could be an image of his counting down his time left till his death and the sunset as an end to his life as a metaphor. It also feels like an image of the divine, as it has a very pastoral feel to it, very loving of nature similar to Frost's other poems. This could be consider a wider theme perhaps?
Alicia, 17 England
thanks so much for the comments, saving my AS levels right now!! :D hope this helped others.

| Posted on 2014-04-12 | by a guest


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i think the arm vanished you can see from the line "Nothing" does that lern you

| Posted on 2013-10-23 | by a guest


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i reckon the peom is about a boy (have u seen that film with nicholas holt its ace) who cuts off his hand and it reperesnts soceity because peple die all the time & frost was angry "snarled" i think repersnt frost because he wsnt a happy man he was a sad man.

| Posted on 2013-10-23 | by a guest


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i ned help i canot lern wher the arm went??? was it in a magik house, bcause arms dont just go lik that??? so wher did the arm went?? sum1 plez lern me

| Posted on 2013-10-23 | by a guest


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this poem has several interpretations, war, child labour and just the idea of death in general.

| Posted on 2013-05-12 | by a guest


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I need help!! I NEED to know why is it that the parents are not around and the children are stuck doing adult chores?

| Posted on 2013-03-25 | by a guest


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From the poem is says that the boy was doing work in his yard because he\'s maturing then he runs in for supper this shows that food effects people. The food distracts him from the dangerous thng and he loses the hand an dies. Moral: food will kill

| Posted on 2013-01-04 | by a guest


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can someone gv examples of contrasts and explain them

| Posted on 2012-09-06 | by a guest


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To all the people who find entertainment in posting stupid and immature shit on this page. Grow up and find something to do with your life. To everyone else, thank you for your thorough and in depth analysis of this poem. Has been a great help :)

| Posted on 2012-06-03 | by a guest


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thanks for your help.
Jose Karim
Sydney, australia

| Posted on 2012-05-11 | by a guest


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I find Robert Frost to be quiet the poet. Almost as if he lost his mind a much extended time ago but is trying to gain it back by words...Maybe he was trying to reach out to us...and tell us he needed help.
- Sincerely Alexys.B.Holifield

| Posted on 2012-03-29 | by a guest


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This is not my analysis but I found it very helpful in writing an essay for my poetry class. I found it online and it gives a very detailed an informative insight into the meaning of the poem:
Frost begins the poem by describing a young boy cutting some wood using a buzz saw. The setting is Vermont and the time is late afternoon. The sun is setting and the boy\'s sister calls him to come and eat supper. As the boy hears its dinnertime he gets excited and cuts his hand by mistake. Realizing that the doctor might cut his hand off because of this, he immediately asks his sister to make sure that does not happen. By the time the doctor arrives it is too late and the hand is already lost. When the doctor gives him anesthetic, the boy falls asleep never to wake up again. The last sentence of the poem which states that \"since they [the boys family and the doctor] were not the one dead, turned to their affairs\" shows how although the boys death is tragic, people move on with their life.
Frost uses different stylistic devices throughout his poem. He is very descriptive using things such as imagery and personification to express what he wants to say. Frost uses imagery when he describes the setting of the place - a boy sawing some wood. He tells his readers the boy is standing outside by describing the visible mountain ranges, and sets the time of day by saying that the sun is setting. Frost gives his readers an image of the boy feeling pain by using contradiction words such as \"rueful\" and \"laugh\" and by using powerful words such as \"outcry\". He also describes the blood coming from the boy\'s hand as life that is spilling. To show how the boy is dying, Frost gives his readers an image of the boy breathing shallowly by saying that he is puffing his lips out with his breath. When talking about the saw, Frost uses personification and repetition. Personification is seen when he says that at times it can run light and at others it has to bear a load, talking as if the saw was a person that had to carry something. Repetition is used to help build an image of the saw\'s movements where the words \"snarled and rattled\" are repeated several times throughout the poem to display an image of the saw moving back and forth. While Frost uses iambic pentameter for the rhythm, he uses blank verse for the rhyme. His variation in the lengths of his sentences almost reflects the boy\'s life for when the boy is still alive and healthy, the lengths of Frost\'s sentences are much longer then they are when the boy is dying.
The poem\'s title, \"Out, Out-\" is taken from the Shakespearean play Macbeth where the main character, Macbeth, speaks after he is told that his wife is dead. Using a simile to compare Lady Macbeth\'s death to a candle which is blown out he says \"Out, out, brief candle!.\" Both Lady Macbeth\'s death and the death of the young boy from Frost\'s poem are tragedies. They are both about people who\'s lives come to an end before it is their time to die, before they\'ve lived a long life and aged to die a natural death. Comparing them to a candle is suitable because just like a candle\'s light can go in a matter of seconds caused by a simple blow, their lives ended in a matter of seconds. A candle that leaves darkness once it is not shining any longer can be compared to the darkness left in the hearts of the families of Lady Macbeth and of the boy after their death. Saying \"brief candle\" clearly compares to the boy, who dies before he even gets the chance to reach manhood. Another comparison that can be made between Lady Macbeth and the boy, is the way that after their deaths, their surroundings move on and go back to their regular routine. In Macbeth, Macbeth continues his fight for the kingdom, and in \"Out, Out-\" the doctor and the boy\'s family get back to their affairs. This helps prove Macbeth\'s words when he says \"Life\'s but a walking shadow, a poor player; That struts and frets his hour upon the stage; And then is heard no more: it is a tale; Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury; Signifying nothing.\", because he is saying that life is brief and meaningless. The boy\'s quick death shows how life can be short, and the way everyone got back to their businesses shows how life is meaningless, how when one is gone it does not make that much of a difference. Although it is clear to see that there is an allusion between the two pieces, it is not needed to read one in order to understand the other.
It is Frost\'s style of writing that makes his readers feel as if they are part of the poem, as if the events in the poem are truly taking place and the readers are merely people who are standing by and watching it all. It is his writing that allows him to make an allusion between the story of a tragic boy and the story of a tragic hero. It is his writing that makes his poem so unique.

| Posted on 2012-01-26 | by a guest


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Thanks to all who actually wrote usefull comments! I have a paper due TODAY and you all just saved me from earning myself a big F...

| Posted on 2011-11-17 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2011-06-04 | by a guest


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Thank you everyone for the helpful advice on Out Out as it\'s going to be extremely useful in my mid-year examination if it pops up as a question.
Teneale Williams
Cape Town, South Africa

| Posted on 2011-05-30 | by a guest


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you guys are realy clever, thanks so much for your posts. love you much.

| Posted on 2011-05-20 | by a guest


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my anal asis is when you put this poem paper inside your botom somethinges it scruches and catches a little poo.

| Posted on 2011-05-11 | by a guest


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I\'m really thankful for your opinions- I\'m a student in South Korea. Yours are really helpful studying for my mid-term exam. Thanks :)

| Posted on 2011-04-16 | by a guest


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I thk itz lyke totes about lyke how frosty fellt when he was a kidd

| Posted on 2011-03-10 | by a guest


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I really enjoyed reading the 2nd years\'s middle school student.You didn\'t introduce your self.Sorry!really nice interpretation!I suggest other visiters to peruse his\'.
You explaned what I wanned\' to say.
And it\'s the best of all below.You\'ve not mistaken dude.
By:a persian lit. student
Have a nice TERM every one!

| Posted on 2011-03-10 | by a guest


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I see this poem as a reflection of the traditional New England Calvinist philosophy which was still embraced at that time. Even the tragic death of a child is readily accepted as it is predestined (...\"he must have given the hand\"). The saw is the metaphorical grim reaper.

| Posted on 2011-03-08 | by a guest


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This poem was written in 1916 which brings up another interesting point about the child labour during WW1! all men and women were away at war, so the boy (construction) and the sister(cooking) both had tp do the work for their house

| Posted on 2011-01-24 | by a guest


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HEY GUYS ITS ME AGAIN! AND MY BALLS STILL STINK!LOL!

| Posted on 2011-01-05 | by a guest


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HEY GUYS ITS ME AGAIN! AND MY BALLS STILL STINK!LOL!

| Posted on 2011-01-05 | by a guest


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The poem is about a kid that got his hand cut of by a saw. And then he died. Yeah.

| Posted on 2010-12-06 | by a guest


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I RIKE TIS POEM AS MUCH AS I RIKE MY MTHERS NURDLES
-_-

| Posted on 2010-11-29 | by a guest


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When the poem said dont cut it off, it reminded me of when the mafia came to cut my.. oh dang i gotta go bye.

| Posted on 2010-11-29 | by a guest


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THIS POEM IS AMAZING AND NICE.
BTW ADD ME
at STINKYBALLZ

| Posted on 2010-11-29 | by a guest


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I think this poem changed my outlook on disabled men. I will definitely accept disabled digger99 on the hotline chat room.
ps. Omer is a butt head

| Posted on 2010-11-29 | by a guest


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THIS POEM IS AMAZING
also
ADRAIN LIKES POOP

| Posted on 2010-11-29 | by a guest


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When he talked about the saw snarling it reminded me of my wife. god i hate my life.

| Posted on 2010-11-29 | by a guest


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i got a question. how do we know that the poem is not set in todays world? (trippy)

| Posted on 2010-11-22 | by a guest


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i agree with the guy below me
the poem is a nice one that illustrates the beauty of life in the country and like the guy below,
my bals really stink :)

| Posted on 2010-11-20 | by a guest


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*| Posted on 2010-05-22 | by a guest*
AHAHAHAHAHA AHAHAH AHAHAHAH OMG AHAHAHA

| Posted on 2010-09-20 | by a guest


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IM THE SAME GUY WHO WROTE ON 2009-05-13!
AND GUESS WHAT.THEY STILL DO!

| Posted on 2010-05-22 | by a guest


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out out brief candle refers to macbeth and his love his dog right before his dog and children were taken away from him.

| Posted on 2010-05-02 | by a guest


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This is not an analysis of the writing. Requests for explanation or general short comments are allowed. Due to spam, posts are not moderated before posted.

| Posted on 2010-04-27 | by a guest


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This is not an analysis of the writing. Requests for explanation or general short comments are allowed. Due to spam, posts are not moderated before posted.

| Posted on 2010-04-27 | by a guest




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