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Out, Out

Out, Out—By: Robert Frost

Glog By: David ChenPeriod 1

The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yardAnd made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.And from there those that lifted eyes could countFive mountain ranges one behind the other 5 Under the sunset far into Vermont.And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled,As it ran light, or had to bear a load.And nothing happened: day was all but done.Call it a day, I wish they might have said 10To please the boy by giving him the half hourThat a boy counts so much when saved from work.His sister stood beside him in her apronTo tell them "Supper." At the word, the saw,As if to prove saws know what supper meant, 15Leaped out at the boy's hand, or seemed to leap—He must have given the hand. However it was, Neither refused the meeting. But the hand!The boy's first outcry was a rueful laugh,As he swung toward them holding up the hand 20Half in appeal, but half as if to keepThe life from spilling. Then the boy saw all—Since he was old enough to know, big boyDoing a man's work, though a child at heart— He saw all was spoiled. "Don't let him cut my hand off— 25The doctor, when he comes. Don't let him, sister!"So. But the hand was gone already.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 fright. 30No one believed. They listened to his heart.Little—less—nothing!—and that ended it. No more to build on there. And they, since theyWere not the one dead, turned to their affairs.

A Biography of Robert Frost:Robert Frost was born on March 26, 1874 in San Francisco, California. He lived there for 11 years until his father died and their family moved to Lawrence, Massechusetts. Frost married his wife, Elinor White, in 1895 after attending Dartmouth University. In 1900, the family moved to a rural area in New Hampshire and lived in a farm that Frost's grandfather owned. The next 12 years, they had several failed endeavors such as making writing his living, but in 1912 they decided to sell the farm and move to England where new poets got more respect. There he wrote his famous poem, "The Road Not Taken" but moved back to America in 1915 after WWI broke out. The family lived on a farm in Franconia, New Hampshire where he wrote this poem based off a true story of a neighbor's boy cutting off his hand and dying. The next years of his life, he taught at many colleges and universities and won many awards and died after a failed surgery in 1963. He also has four daughters but two died near birth but the other two live on to continue his legacy.

Other Facts:Frost was an American poet and when he wrote "Out, Out—", he lived on a farm in New Hampshire, but also was the time period of World War I. The poem may relate to a real life event but is meant to symbolize a soldier boy in the war and how they were forced to leave their family behind and die in the battlefield, but life must move on for them.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth; 5Then took the other, as just as fair,And having perhaps the better claim,Because it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that the passing thereHad worn them really about the same, 10And both that morning equally layIn leaves no step had trodden black.Oh, I kept the first for another day!Yet knowing how way leads on to way,I doubted if I should ever come back. 15I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference. 20

"Out, Out—" Read by David Chen

The picture is very relatable to the poem because it is about a boy cutting his hand, and blood spills, illustrated in this picture. It also has a quote from the poem to go along with it

The song to the right is composed by Russian composer Shostakovich from his eight symphony in the third section dubbed "Largo" meaning broadly but also it usually means slow speed. The scene that is depicted in the song is the aftermath of a battle and how sad it may be. This relates to the poem beause while the song was written for WWII and the poem is WWI, both reference a war and how people are left to pick up the pieces of their fallen comrades, and how sad death may be.

This is similar to the other poem because it is both written by Robert Frost but als discusses how we make decisions and end up living with them or in the other case, dying with them.


Key:Underline: Figurative LanguageBlue: Idenitfying Tone

Paraphrasing: It is a peaceful day in Vermont when a boy is chopping wood, but when his calls him for dinner, the saw drops out of his hand and ends up cutting it off. The boy is afraid to see his hand go, but when the doctor comes, the doctor can't do anything to help the boy, and he ends up dying, but the people still continue with their lives.Speaker: The speaker is a person describing and/or witnessing a boy getting his hand chopped off.Tone: dark,hopeless, and melancholyTitle: The title actually symbolizes how we are pushed out of our innocence or out of our lives for different reasons. Literally, the title describes the blood coming out of the boy's body and how he is pushed out of his childhood and his life.Theme: The theme is about death is everywhere and how we must come to terms with it even though we might not desire it. The poem is about how a boy doesn't want to die because of an accident with a saw but ends up dying anyways.

Figurative Language:1. Onomatopoeia2. Alliteration3. Imagery4. Personification5. Personification(Corresponds to Each Underline)They enchance the poem because the describe in vivid detail how a serene setting becomes so chaotic and dark after the saw. It also brings the disaster to life through the personification of objects.


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