- The description of the scene before, during and after the incident itself
- The thoughts and feelings of the narrator
- Actions and attitudes of the other people in the poem
- Use of language
Robert Frost succeeds in creating a clear and vivid image of the horrific incident, before during and after the event has happened. He adds thoughts and feelings of the narrator which helps.
Even though it is an abrupt opening “the buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard” the words “buzz” “snarled” and “rattled” are all onomatopoeic words which gives them all an animal sound about them, for example a bee a lion and a snake. All of these are triplets of dangerous animals which sets the scene as dangerous before the accident, the author also uses personification to illustrate an animalistic and dangerous image almost becoming life like which is illustrated to the reader as if the saw was a snake, this foreshadows the awful that is about to happen. “Stove length sticks of wood, scene-scented” the sibilance gives the effect of the scene being soft and smooth and calming which counteracts the very first sentence. Frost uses imagery to describe the setting of the work place where the boy is cutting down wood in Vermont. He talks about the mountains visible in the distance under the sunset being able to smell the “sweet scented…breeze” coming from the wooden dust; sibilance is used to soften the tone creating a calm and relaxed environment. However this is then destroyed by the young boy and the accident.
While the boy is outside working his sister calls him for “supper”. “At the word, the saw, as if to prove saws knew what supper meant, leaped out at the boys hand, or seemed to leap” again the writer is personifying the saw so that it seems almost like an animal at the zoo waiting for feeding time, or so that it doesn’t murder anymore trees. Caesura is also