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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.

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?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.

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