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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 them in her apron
To tell them "Supper." At that 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.

Comments about Out, Out by Robert Frost

  • Gold Star - 29,971 Points Manonton Dalan (12/14/2015 11:49:00 PM)

    way back then everybody work...nice poem (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 20,691 Points Douglas Scotney (9/25/2015 6:57:00 PM)

    One of which, at least, must have been the funeral. I mean, even ants.... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,314 Points Stephen W (7/4/2013 4:10:00 PM)

    @miley: I don't think this takes place in a factory. His sister is there. It is more likely a rural family enterprise. Also he is not a small child, but a 'big boy, Doing a man's work'. I suggest you consult the text, rather than anachronistic prejudices. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Childhood

  1. 1. Out, Out , Robert Frost
  2. 2. Birches , Robert Frost
  3. 3. The Schoolboy , William Blake
  4. 4. A Child Asleep , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  5. 5. The Swing , Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. 6. The Children's Hour , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  7. 7. We Are Seven , William Wordsworth
  8. 8. My Heart Leaps Up , William Wordsworth
  9. 9. Block City , Robert Louis Stevenson
  10. 10. Childhood Is The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  11. 11. Fern Hill , Dylan Thomas
  12. 12. Voices Of The Night , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  13. 13. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
  14. 14. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
  15. 15. Childhood , Henry Vaughan
  16. 16. With Trumpet And Drum , Eugene Field
  17. 17. Childhood , Rainer Maria Rilke
  18. 18. Fifteen, Maybe Sixteen Things To Worry A.. , Judith Viorst
  19. 19. In The Waiting Room , Elizabeth Bishop
  20. 20. The Pleiades , Amy Lowell
  21. 21. The Retreat , Henry Vaughan
  22. 22. Childhood , Richard Aldington
  23. 23. Boy At The Window , Richard Wilbur
  24. 24. Last Word To Childhood , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  25. 25. A Boy Juggling A Soccer Ball , Christopher Merrill
  26. 26. Fruit Cocktail In Light Syrup , Amy Gerstler
  27. 27. Ithaca , Ira Sadoff
  28. 28. Another Country , Ryan Teitman
  29. 29. They Call This , Charles Kenneth Williams
  30. 30. The Gaffe , Charles Kenneth Williams
  31. 31. Television , Roald Dahl
  32. 32. Two Children , Spike Milligan
  33. 33. Because I Cannot Remember My First Kiss , Roger Bonair-Agard
  34. 34. My Childhood , Matthew Zapruder
  35. 35. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
  36. 36. In Childhood , Kimiko Hahn
  37. 37. On Turning Ten , Billy Collins
  38. 38. Her First Week , Sharon Olds
  39. 39. A Happy Childhood , William Matthews
  40. 40. From The Lives Of My Friends , Michael Dickman
  41. 41. Blur , Andrew Hudgins
  42. 42. A Child Is , Helena Sinervo
  43. 43. Pledge , Elizabeth Powell
  44. 44. What Is The Grass? , Lee Ann Brown
  45. 45. Don'T Let Me Be Lonely , Claudia Rankine
  46. 46. My Aunts , Meghan O'Rourke
  47. 47. Lullaby In Blue , Betsy Sholl
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