English 1102

After you have read Robert Frost’s poem “Out, Out!” (in the text), please answer the following questions, and, as always, please respond to at least one other student post.

Frost took his title from Act V, Scene V of Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. What do you think prompted Frost to select those words from Shakespeare?

What is the poem about?

Why does the boy die? Be careful. He does not bleed to death, and it is way too soon for infection. What do you think? Does the boy himself give us a hint in some of his last words?

Some readers are disturbed by the final lines: And they, since they / Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.” How do you take the ending of the poem?

Does the ending bother you or not?

What does the quotation from Shakespeare bring to the poem?

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