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The
poem of “Out, Out-” by Robert Frost has a
fascinating theme of how short and fragile life is. The story is a narrative poem and is set in one long
stanza, and there is no formal rhyme scheme, some rhyme can be identified in
the repetition of the words like ‘saw,’ ‘hand’ and ‘boy’ which are throughout
the poem. The tragedy in the poem, reveals how life can change in an instant;
how fast it can change, and even can end without warning.  The speaker has a serious and somewhat ironic
tone to them; it can be assumed that Frost is the speaker. The poem tone shifts
from sweet at first, describing the countryside and a boy working, but then it
turns into a horrific as the boy cuts his hand off and dies later. The poem can
seem cold and cruel because everyone goes on with their lives as nothing
happened after the boy’s death.

Frost describes the saw with human characteristics right in the
first line of the poem “The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard.”
(Line 1) Frost let the reader know that probably the parents were too busy to
raise their eyes to appreciate the beauties of the surrounding landscapes: “And from there those that lifted eyes could count Five
mountain ranges one behind the other Under the sunset far into Vermont.”
(Line 4-6)

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Lines
7-18 are dense with content and show just how good
and savvy Robert Frost was with crafting
words. These lines tell a small story within the poem about the interaction
between the boy and the saw. Personification is an important topic in the poem; the saw is given
human characteristics for the effect of
the poem to be effective. The line “the saw snarled” (line 7) is an example.
Another example is when the boy is called
to dinner, and the saw “leaps out at the boy’s hand” (line 16). Frost takes a few lines to confirm that the boy loses
his hand, maybe to describe how time moves in slow motion during an accident. It
appears that the boy must have made a careless
mistake while using it. The saw he was using was most likely stationary one, and
the boy may have accidentally put his hand on the saw without noticing. In the line (18) “neither refused the
meeting,” states that it seems the only resulting emotion was the boy’s agony
and pain. Again, Frost’s mastery of words is impressive.
In these six short lines, there is much
action and extreme emotion.

A grim picture is described between the lines 19-26. Vivid
details of the tragedy make it possible for the readers to play the scene out
in their mind. Frost is using this poem to express how uncertain life is and
that nobody knows what is going to happen next. The feelings are dramatic,
comparing life to a hand, but shows the importance of living. The scene in
lines 20-22 is full of details and quite frankly horrendous and tragic. He was
probably relatively calmed until line 23 and then experienced a breakdown after
that.

Another theme, although not an important one, is about
maturity. The boy, who was “Doing a man’s work, though a child at heart,” (Line
24) may mean that the boy lost a significant time of development in his life by
being pushed to adulthood prematurely.  This stanza also emphasizes maturity and assuming the
responsibilities of adults. When handling the buzz saw, the boy needed to know
how to be careful and mature, and he had to deal with his mistakes. He also
seems to blame the parents for not allowing the boy to live his childhood and
forcing him to grow up to fast. In line 26, the boy must have looked at his
sister with a terrible sense of desperation, silently yelling help. He had to
know that nothing could be done; how he must have been eager for the childhood,
he never had in that brief moment.

Later in the poem, a doctor comes to treat the boy and
ultimately decides to cut off his hand. Frost uses the loss of the boy’s hand
to symbolize how disposable and brief life can be. He further explains life’s
fragility by having the boy die. When the boy’s family and
neighbors said “were not the one dead, turned to their affairs” (line 34)
symbolizes that when people died, most of the time, they are forgotten in time.

The
poem shows beauty, sadness, and hopelessness all in one little piece of writing.
 The ending is a sad one, and that those peasants had to keep it up just
to struggle. They couldn’t stop to grieve the dead boy, even if he was their
son. Life can be sad and horrifying, but that’s how is life. Also, it shows how
humanity must deal with the dead, it
hurts the living, but people must go on
with their lives because life doesn’t stop or wait for someone, it just moves
forward.