Out, Out— by Robert Frost, 1916

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Out, Out—” is a 1916 single stanza poem authored by American poet Robert Frost, relating the accidental death of a young boy, with references to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Out, Out— by Robert Frost, 1916
Out, Out— by Robert Frost, 1916

Out, Out— Poem by Robert Frost

The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard
And 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 count
Five mountain ranges one behind the other
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
To please the boy by giving him the half hour
That a boy counts so much when saved from work.
His sister stood beside him in her apron
To tell them ‘Supper.’ At the word, the saw,
As if to prove saws knew what supper meant,
Leaped 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
Half in appeal, but half as if to keep
The life from spilling. Then the boy saw all—
Since he was old enough to know, big boy
Doing a man’s work, though a child at heart—
He saw all spoiled. ‘Don’t let him cut my hand off—
The 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.
No one believed. They listened at his heart.
Little—less—nothing!—and that ended it.
No more to build on there. And they, since they
Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.

Poems / Robert Frost

  1. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost, 1916
  2. Fire and Ice
    Robert Frost, 1920
  3. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost, 1923
  4. Acquainted with the Night
    Robert Frost, 1928
  5. Birches
    Robert Frost, 1915
  6. Mending Wall
    Robert Frost, 1914
  7. The Gift Outright
    Robert Frost
  8. Nothing Gold Can Stay
    Robert Frost, 1923
  9. Choose Something Like a Star
    Robert Frost, 1947
  10. A Question
    Robert Frost
  11. The Oven Bird
    Robert Frost
  12. After Apple-Picking
    Robert Frost, 1914
  13. Home Burial
    Robert Frost, 1914
  14. Out, Out—
    Robert Frost, 1916
  15. The runaway
    Robert Frost, 1923
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