• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Out, out by Robert Frost is a poem in which the language is matched to the subject matter in order to enhance the reader's understanding.

Extracts from this document...


?Out, out? By Robert Frost - Essay _ ?Out, out? by Robert Frost is a poem in which the language is matched to the subject matter in order to enhance the readers understanding of a poem. Frost has experienced the tragedy of losing a child in his life and this poem was based upon the death of a friend?s son. The poem ?Out, out? by Robert Frost is a poem about a young boy who uses a buzz saw. When fate decides the boy?s time is up, the saw cuts the boy?s hand, and the boy slowly dies. The main theme of the poem is the fragility of life and how life is easily lost. As the poem opens, the poet, Frost introduces a contrast of setting: ?The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard... Five mountain ranges one behind the other,? The working scene in the foreground is very orderly and organised and the ?stove-length sticks of wood? emphasises. This reference to ?stove? also foreshadows the boy?s sister telling him to come for dinner. ...read more.


This re-enforces that the boy is still young and innocent and the brevity of life. The boy?s death seemed as if it was fate: ?Neither refused the meeting. But the hand!? The word ?meeting? makes it seem as if this incident was inevitable and as if it was destined to happen. The poet now portrays the boy and his and as separate and this gives the image that the boy will not get his hand back and he might even die. The hand is hanging back: ?...half in appeal, but half as if to keep the life from spilling? The line is split by the comma which gives the image of the boys severed hand. The word ?half? is repeated to emphasise that the situation is equally weighted and could go either way: he could live but there is an equal chance that he may die. The title of the poem ?Out, out? is taken from Shakespeare?s play Macbeth in the final soliloquy: ?Out, out, brief candle! Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, That struts and frets his hour upon the stage, And then is heard no more.? Life is like a ?candle? which can be easily ended at any time. ...read more.


This comes as an unexpected shock and the poet uses minor sentences to portray the boy?s heartbeat. The heartbeat of the boy weakens: ?Little?less?nothing!? The pauses mimic his heartbeat and he suddenly dies. ?And that ended it? links back to the beginning and the brevity of life and how it can be easily ended. After this tragic event the doctor?s attitude is portrayed: ?And they, since they Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.? They reflect fleetingly on the boy?s death and then go on with their own duties. The boy?s death, an event of enormity, is juxtaposed by the casual attitude of the doctors. They represent the general flow of life and the poet emphasises that, in the world, the boy?s deaths is highly insignificant. This also links back to the title. Robert Frost gives the poem a very irregular rhyme scheme to mimic life and the fact that life itself is not regular the uneven rhythm also emphasises this. It is Frost's style of writing that makes his readers feel as if they are part of the poem. His writing allows him to portray the boys life as a traffic and his writing makes his poem so unique. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE War Poetry essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Out, out..." by Robert Frost.

    4 star(s)

    The boy knew instantly that the accident was serious enough to affect his life, " he saw all spoiled". I felt the poet, through the use of word choice and sentence structure, cleverly conveyed the tragic circumstances leading to the boy's death.


    met for the first time before the text begins, the other one the verb attributing the utterance to one character known only by a first name, who is addressing another also only known by her name. The rime of day, the age of the speakers, their presumed sexual relationship, the

  1. A comparison between "Out, Out-" by Robert Frost and "Death on a Live Wire" ...

    Frost has titled his poem "Out, Out-" which is taken from the play Macbeth, where it signifies trouble. Baldwin has titled his poem "Death on a live Wire," which works very well in the way that it shows great contrast between the words "Death" and "Live."

  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - review.

    They went to this coffee house and ordered some coffee. While drinking the coffee, Cho (the girl) asked Harry about Cedric¡¯s death (Cedric was her last boyfriend).

  1. Comparison between “Another Mystery” by Raymond Carver and “Out, Out-” by Robert Frost

    Don't worry, it's not as bad as it looks. But we knew better." He was starting to fear dying, because he did not want to go, he hadn't lived his life yet. He thought that there couldn't be anything worse than dying, "He was dead, wasn't he? What else could go wrong?"

  2. Compare and contrast the way the poets portray people in ' a London fete' ...

    'He tries to reach the woods a awkard race But sticks and cudgels quickly stop the chace He turns agen and drives the noisy crowd And beats the many dogs in noises loud' The badger is trying to become free by trying to reach the woods the badges is still

  1. Human Nature

    danced with it, festooned it, waltzed it around... decorated it with streamers, titillated it..." (21), the narrator is conveying to the reader his thoughts on death and how he deals with it. In the beginning, the narrator also fought against death, but later came to realize that there is no real way of conquering death.

  2. Poetry : pre-1914 - Explore some of the methods your chosen poets adopt to ...

    Chaucer explains the Squire's behaviour by night: "he sleep namoore than doth a nightertale" . This is a symbol of sleepless lovers in an idealised youth when he delves into the etiquette that comes with marriage. This contrasts with the next two lines which show his obedience and lowliness at the hands of his father.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work