Compare And Contrast After Apple Picking And Out, Out By Robert Frost

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Robert Frost, one of the most celebrated poets of America, was born on March 26th 1874 in California. Frost was a great poet who received more than 40 honorary degrees. He has written several poems amidst which two of his interesting poems of the same era are “After Apple Picking” and “Out, Out”. These poems were published in his collections North of Boston in 1915 and Mountain Interval in 1916 respectively. Both of these poems are truly realistic and are about everyday jobs required for survival. Even though Robert Frost’s “After Apple-Picking” and “Out,Out” revolve around the rural country life, they possess different scenarios, they have differed in the usage of imagery, symbols, and figurative language to make the work highly detailed …show more content…
Basically, the theme of the poems is the end of life. “After Apple Picking” is all about an old man, fatigued and worn-out of harvesting apples all his life. This poem shows the audience about the man’s obsession for apples. He is so obsessed with apples that he is getting disturbed with it even during his sleep. On the other hand, “Out,Out” is about a young boy, who works on a farm cutting firewood with a buzz saw. He is young, though he works for survival in a rural area, living with his family. Frost’s poems drive towards harsh realities of hard work in country life. On one side, is a man, who has worked his entire life harvesting apples almost at the end of his life and on the other, is a young boy who has to work for his family to fulfill a basic necessity and accidently cuts off his hand while working. Though having unlike conditions, the themes of these poems are the end of life, which is alike. These situations look realistic and “Out,Out” is certainly based on a real life incident from the life of Robert Frost. The naturalistic activities done by the characters reflect the rural life realistically in the poems. The End of life is different in both the poems. In the first one, the man expects his death and recalls the work he has done for years. A line from the poem perfectly explains this expression of the man: “For I have had too much, of apple-picking: I am overtired” …show more content…
For instance, the words “two-long pointed ladders” reflect that the man worked at a high altitude. The writer also uses a hyperbole: “Ten thousand thousand fruits to touch”. That number makes us think that millions of fruits were there to touch. Symbols like “stove-length sticks of wood” reflects the sticks used in rural areas for stoves. It also shows the need of stoves for staying warm in rural areas. The author also used personification when he stated “To tell them supper. At the word, the saw. As if to prove saws knew what supper meant” (Out,Out 14). Frost tried to compare that the saw had human qualities to describe the situation when he relates how the boy’s hand was severed just as he was been called for supper. The author tried to explain us how suddenly the incident occurred. He tried to relate human quality of excitement to describe the buzz saw as if the buzz saw was eager for supper. The rhyme patterns of both the poems are unlike. Neither of the poems have a proper rhyme pattern. In “After Apple Picking”, Frost uses rhyming words like “well”, “fell”, “tell” in lines 14-16 in a little space. Whereas, the rhyme pattern is indifferent in the remaining lines. For instance, he uses “stubble” in line 33 and the rhyming word “trouble” after a gap in line 36. When compared to “After Apple Picking”, “Out,Out” has a completely different rhyme pattern. It did not have considerable

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