Literary Analysis Of 'Out, Out' By Robert Frost

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The poem “Out, Out-” by Robert Frost has a proportionate amount of literary devices to create a short film played within your mind. The young boy is contrived to use power tools, although he is a bit too young. Robert Frost has created the character of a young boy who works with the use of power tools and only wishes for the days to pass by swiftly. The imagery that Robert Frost uses puts this foolproof picture inside your mind of the way the power tools were used and what has happened to the young boy. In lines five and six the author, Robert Frost, has written “Five mountain ranges one behind the other Under the sunset far into Vermont.” with this picture inside of you, you can see the most beautiful sunset over a mountain range, can’t…show more content…
The theme, yet tragic is also helplessness, and dangerous. Several lines in this poem explain what the poem is about, especially line 22 “Doing a man’s work, though a child at heart-” Robert Frost has created a well rounded theme for his poem “Out, Out-.” The main theme of the poem is human helplessness, he expresses this by the wording of how and when the young boy works. He works hard and with adult tools and because of that he has lost his hand and bleed to death. His creation of theme in this piece is a great example of a literary device. Robert Frost uses his word to build the theme perfectly, he has it very well balanced switching between the power saw and the…show more content…
Tone is the attitude of the poem and it is perfectly clear that this tone is a mixture of tragedy and depression. I get the clue of depression from the accident, family reaction to his death, and the title. The title is a wee-bit depressing because of the background to it. The title is from a Shakespeare piece called “Macbeth” the actual verbalization of the title is “Out, out, brief candle!” and that certain line is presenting the pointlessness of life, which does refer to the poem and creates an allusion. The sense of tragedy is also from his treatment by his family, but also, his death. He was a young boy who was forced to use power tools by his family and as a result of that he did lose not only his hand but his childhood because of his sudden death which you can see when the poem says “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 a fright. No one believed. They listened to his heart. Little - less - nothing! - and that ended it.” Robert Frost I believe did have a strong connection with tone and he made the feelings of the boy come above paper for everybody to see them clearly. The poet’s direct theme is human helplessness, because of just all the supporting evidence among thirty-two lines of poetry. He does use many, many literary devices and he does have an abundant amount
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