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The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood, Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
And from there those that lifted eyes could count Five mountain ranges one behind the other Under the sunset far into Vermont. And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled, As it ran light, or had to bear a load. Call it a day, I wish they might have said To please the boy by giving him the half hour That a boy counts so much when saved from work.
However it was, Neither refused the meeting. The boy's first outcry was a rueful laugh, As he swung toward them holding up the hand Half in appeal, but half as if to keep The life from spilling. But the hand was gone already. The doctor put him in the dark of ether.
He lay and puffed his lips out with his breath. And then—the watcher at his pulse took fright. They listened at his heart. No more to build on there. And they, since they Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.
Overview[ edit ] "Out Out" tells the story of a young boy who dies after his hand is severed by a " buzz-saw ". The poem focuses on people's reactions to death, as well as the death itself, one of the main ideas being that life goes on.
The boy lost his hand to a buzz saw and bled so much that he went into shock, dying in spite of his doctor's efforts. Frost wrote the poem as a memorial to a year-old boy named Raymond Tracy Fitzgerald whom Frost had befriended while living in Franconia, New Hampshire.
The buzz saw, although technically an inanimate object, is described as a cognizant being—"snarling" and "rattling" repeatedly, as well as "leaping" out at the boy's hand in excitement. Frost concentrates on the apparent innocence and passivity of the boy—which is relevant to the time period—as Frost was forced to move back to America due to war in Britain just a year before the poem was written.
Bearing this in mind, the poem can be read as a critique as to how warfare can force innocent, young boys to leave their childhood behind, and ultimately be destroyed by circumstances created by the 'responsible' adult.
The title of the poem is an allusion to William Shakespeare 's tragedy Macbeth "Out, out, brief candle It refers to how unpredictable and fragile life is. This poem uses some figurative language including onomatopoeiaalliterationimageryand many others. Harold Bloom said it is "one of Frost's most respected poems, but it has not received the same depth of critical attention and explication as poems such as " The Road Not Taken " and " Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening ".If you are a teacher searching for educational material, please visit PBS LearningMedia for a wide range of free digital resources spanning preschool through 12th grade.
read poems by this poet. Robert Frost was born on March 26, , in San Francisco, where his father, William Prescott Frost Jr., and his mother, Isabelle Moodie, had moved from Pennsylvania shortly after marrying.
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Robert Frost’s “‘Out, Out—’” describes a farm accident that unexpectedly and irrationally costs a young boy his life. The narrator of the poem sets the scene, seemingly from an. Hilti Outperformer Moments.
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