Essay about Analysis Of The Poem Out, Out By Robert Frost

990 Words Sep 25th, 2016 4 Pages
Robert Frost’s poem “Out, Out--“ appears to be, on the surface, about a young boy who, while working, cuts his hand with a saw and dies. When delving deeper into the poem it seems to be about death. Death comes for everyone, young and old, and it is often sudden and lacking reason. The narrator is originally very involved and emotional in the poem, but in the end becomes very detached. It is as if it is the only way the narrator can deal with the tragedy is to become distant from what is happening. Frost uses many literary devices to make this poem striking. Immediately, allusion can be found in the title of the poem itself. Allusion is a brief and indirect reference to a person, place, thing, or idea. Allusion is often taken from literary reference such as a movie, play, novel, or poem. “Out, Out—“ is referring to Shakespeare’s Macbeth on receiving news that his queen is dead. Just as in this poem, Macbeth seems to show the shock and lack of meaning found in death. Next, we find personification. Personification is the attachment of human attributes to non-human things. The personification used in this poem sets the tone as dark in the first line. Frost writes that the saw, “snarled and rattled” as though it were angry person. Just from this description it can be guessed that something bad is going to happen. This poem is full of symbolism. Symbolism is a person, place, or thing in a narrative or poem that suggests meaning beyond its literal sense. Symbols usually contain…

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