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Compare and contrast the two poems 'The death of a hired man' and 'Out, Out-'

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Thursday 12th January Compare and contrast the two poems 'The death of a hired man' and 'Out, Out-' Robert frost was born in Vermont in 1874 and died in 1963. Robert Frost was a farmer and lived in Vermont, USA. Both poems 'The death of a hired man' and 'Out, Out-'are set on a farm in Vermont which is probably because of where Robert Frost lived and worked. I will know begin to discuss the similarities. As I said previously both poems are set in a farm enviroment. The poem 'The death of a hired man' is probably set in winter so there would not be a lot of work to be done therefore Warren; the owner of the farm would not need to hire any workers because he would be able to do the work himself. The poem 'Out, Out -' is set in summer therefore there would be a lot of work to do and this is the reason why the boy, at his age, is working. My next similarity is that both poems flow through chronologically from beginning to end and this can be said to be the first level of understanding, the next level of understanding is that ...read more.


My first difference is that Silas is a very old man and has lived a full life and his death is very peaceful and expected but in 'Out, Out-' the young boys death is very violent and unexpected. One moment the boys working and all is OK, the next he's without a hand and losing blood rapidly. I think that in the first poem the poet is trying to tell us that death will come to us all, eventually but in 'Out, Out-' I think that the poet is trying to tell us to live life to the fullest we can because you never know what's around the corner. My next difference is that the two poems have a totally different style, the first poem is presented as a conversation; the poem alters between Warren and Mary speaking to each other whilst in 'Out, Out-' the style is more of a more conventional poem, the poet uses many different poetic devices. An example of one of the poetic devices used is repetition, which is used to emphasize key phrases and to make them stand out. ...read more.


Did he say anything?' 'But little.' 'Anything? Mary, confess He said he'd come to ditch the meadow for me.' 'Warren!' 'But did he? I just want to know.' 'Of course he did." This passage of speech shows the deep understanding that each has of each other and it seems to me that both knows how the others mind works. In 'Out, Out-' there is no sense of relationship between any of the characters, I sense that the boy is very alone in his workplace and that he is probably out of the way from everybody else. Out of the two poems I liked the second poem better. The reason why I liked this poem better was because I felt that 'Out, Out-' was a more conventional poem and I liked the use of personification to make the saw seem to be alive. I could also relate more with the young boy, as I understand him to be around the same age as me and personally I would not be happy to be in his situation and to be working and I feel quite privileged to be at school when compared to his life. The thing I like about 'The death of a hired man' is the loving relationship between Mary and Warren. ?? ?? ?? ?? M.Law 11X1 Mrs.Hunt ...read more.

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