'Out,Out' By Robert Frost.

Essay by rawbJunior High, 8th grade January 2004

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'Out-Out...' by Roberts Frost is a short poem which deals with a tragic death. In this essay I intend to show how the poet conveys feelings through his choice of language, imagery and versification.

The poem is set on an isolated farm in Vermont far from any urban areas in the first half of the twentieth century. 'Out-Out...' tells the story of a teenage boy doing a man's work whose life comes to an abrupt end when he has a tragic accident with a 'buzz saw' whilst working on the farm. The rest of the characters are shocked but the soon turn back to their affairs as it is not them that is dead.

At the beginning of the poem the poet is very descriptive of the setting. This helps to set a picture of the setting in the mind of the reader. "Five mountain ranges one behind the other Under the sunset far into Vermont".

This also leaves the reader seeing a scenic place in their minds which makes them think that the poem may be a happy one unaware of the death which is to happen. The use of visual imagery helps to engage the senses of sound and smell for example, "Made dust and dropped stove-length sticks". This also helps to loll the reader into a false sense of security. A more deliberate attempt of this made through the poets use of alliteration. He uses soft sounds to make the reader believe there is a calm environment and a happy mood. "Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it". The poet leaves the reader unaware of the tragedy because he wants them to feel how shocking and surprising the death is.

The poet brings the characters closer to home to the reader by not...