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Literary Analysis Of Out-Out, By Robert Frost

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The poem, “Out-Out--”, by Robert Frost, is a rather peculiar poem that primarily may be tricky to understand. Nonetheless, it is intriguing and full of key examples of complex poetic terms, vocabulary, and structure. A key part of any literary work, the purpose, can be drawn from Out-Out--, that being to show that death calls to many people at any given time, and that no one dwells on the death of people or cares about others at all, and should. The first part of the purpose of the poem Out-Out-- is to show that death calls to many people at any time. Evidence for this can be easily located on lines 1, 7, and 8 of the poem, where it says, “ The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard… the saw snarled and rattled snarled and rattled As it ran light, or had to bear a load.” (Frost 1, 7, and 8). This bit from the poem shows a repetition pattern that the buzz saw is being worked hard and is under stress, and rattling is a sign that something isn’t working right in any tool. This could allude or lead up to a deadly accident, key word being dead(death), showing that the saw could be an allusion to a death, or the calling of death. More evidence can be seen on lines 15-20, and 31-32 where it says, “... To tell them "Supper." At the word, the saw As if it meant to prove saws knew what supper meant, Leaped out at the boy's hand, or seemed to leap - He must have given the hand… Neither refused the meeting… Half in appeal, But half as if to keep the life from spilling… since they
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