Poetic Analysis Of Robert Frost's Poem Out, Out

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POETIC ANALYSIS OF “Out, Out-” BY ROBERT FROST In Robert Frost’s poem “Out, Out-” Frost uses literary devices to portray the fact that life should be valued. The boy that Robert Frost creates is a hard worker. The boy tries to do the best he can, but because of his age and lack of experience, he is unskilled. His unskilled hands are only trained for work that leads to his painful death. Frost mimics the story of Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth through the boy, and the specific way he dies. The fateful day of the boy’s death is revealed through the poet’s skillful use of imagery, figurative language, and specific word choice. Frost’s imagery enhances the direct connection from his poem “Out, Out-” to Shakespeare's “Macbeth.” The image of the dull work day builds suspense right before the boy’s hand is caught in the saw. Nobody saw the twisted fate of events …show more content…
When the boy’s hand gets caught in the saw the poem states that the boy saw everything. This is a hyperbole because it is an exaggeration of what the boy saw in his last moments. The boy’s hand is also personified as being gone, but the hand didn’t really go anywhere. When the hand was cut off so was the boy’s life source. The life of the boy is personified as spilling into death. This shows the quickness in which death can strike. The buzz saw snarled and rattled while everything else was quiet. These onomatopoeias show the buzz saw as the only thing making noise, suggesting the buzz saw was waiting for the right moment to strike. The saw is also given the human quality of leaping at the boy’s hand, which shows the eagerness of the saws doings. “No more to build on there” is a hyperbole showing that the story is coming to an end just like the little boy’s life came to an end. Thus, the figurative language describes the scene of the boy’s last day, warning us that our life is only truly valued by the person holding

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