Which of the following two sources did Robert Frost use when writing the poem Out, Out?
Lines from Macbeth
A newspaper article about the death of a local farm boy
Lines from Othello
A newspaper article about an accident that a boy survived
Lines from Hamlet
A newspaper article about the dangers of children working on farms
Annotate the opening lines of the poem to show what language features Frost is using to establish the atmosphere of the poem.
Frost uses the following phrase to indicate that the poem is set during the late afternoon, (sunset) but what is the symbolic significance of this phrase in relation to the events of the poem?
'day was all but done'
It can be read as a metaphor for the ending of the boy's life
It can be read as a simile for the ending of the boy's life
It juxtaposes the death of the boy
It is used to personify death
Why does Frost write:
'Call it a day, I wish they might have said'
If the boy had been excused from his work he would still be alive and could have spent a half-hour playing like other little boys.
It was getting to dark to see what they were doing so it was dangerous to continue working with the saw
Robert Frost blames the parents for the boys death because they made him work like a slave on the farm and he was exhausted
Look at these lines from the poem. Choose from the drop-down menus to annotate the lines to show how Frost develops the personification of the saw that he began in the opening lines.
Which line conveys to the reader that the boy has died?
The boy's first outcry was a rueful laugh
He saw all was spoiled
The doctor put him in the dark of ether
the watcher at his pulse took fright
Little-less-nothing!- and that ended it
No more to build on there
The family go straight back to work at the end of the poem because they don't care about the boy.