Out, Out— Summary & Analysis by Robert Frost

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"Out, Out" is a poem by American poet Robert Frost, published in Frost's 1916 collection Mountain Interval and based on a true incident that happened to Frost's friend's son. The poem is set in rural Vermont, where a young boy cutting wood with a buzz saw is called in for "supper" by his sister. But just as he turns to come in, the saw suddenly makes contact with his hand, causing an outpouring of blood that ultimately proves fatal. This tragedy, a young boy losing his life in such a wasteful and shocking way, implicitly questions the value of life itself. Indeed, the narrator's matter-of-fact presentation of the boy's final moments, and the way in which everyone soon goes back to their daily business, suggests that death is a mundane fact of daily life.

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