Out, Out by Robert Frost

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Walter Munnings
IB English
Period 3

“Out, Out”: Commentary on Macbeth?
Topic: Out, Out analysis

"Out, Out--" by Robert Frost is a poem about a young boy who dies as a result of cutting his hand using a saw. Frost utilizes personification, imagery, variation, and blank verse in sentence length to display various feelings and perceptions throughout the poem so the read can depict a clear picture of this scenario. Frost also makes a reference to Macbeth's speech in the play Macbeth by Shakespeare which is somewhat parallel to the occurrences in "Out, Out-." The poem begins by describing a young boy with a "buzz-saw" in the mountains of Vermont in the late afternoon. The sun is setting and the boy's sister calls him to come for "Supper." At the word supper the buzz-saw comes alive and cuts the boy’s hand on accident. Immediately realizing that the doctor might amputate his hand, he asks his sister to make sure that it does not happen. It is too late by the time the doctor arrives, and the boy's hand is already lost. When the doctor gives him anesthetic, he falls asleep and never wakes up again. The last sentence of the poem, "since they (the boys family and the doctor) were not the one dead, turned to their affairs" shows how people move on with their life in a way conveying the idea that people only care for themselves, although the boy’s death is tragic. Frost uses repetition and line variation, when talking about the saw. Frost uses repetition when the words "snarled and rattled" are repeated several times throughout the poem to help build an image of the saw's movements. Frost's 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. This causes to the reader to realize how great a tragedy the boy’s death really is as a life so young came to a gruesome end. The stylistic devices Frost uses...
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