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The Issue of Death in poems by Robert Frost While studying Frostian poems a topic which tends to arise frequently is the theme of death In most poems Robert Frost deals with this theme is different ways however the underlining direction of his thoughts usually point in the same direction To fully comprehend the way Frost deals with the topic of death I have chosen three poems which directly deal with this subject We shall explore these three poems to gain a better understanding of Frosts view of our ongoing theme Death The first poem Out Out- deals with the death of a boy working with a buzz saw After having an accident with this heavy piece of equipment the boys hand is chopped off resulting in his death In this poem the reader is introduced to the theme of death from the very beginning The title Out Out- was taken from the Shakespearian play Macbeth The line Out out brief candle was spoken by Macbeth after the discovery of the death of his wife So one can see that Frost prepares the reader for the theme of death as early on as the title of the poem This creates a certain anticipation of death thus emphasising its power when it comes later on in the poem Other preparations undertaken by Frost to prepare the reader is his use of alteration onomatopoetic words and assonance as early on as the first line snarled and rattled The use of these poetic techniques creates a certain atmosphere for the reader again preparing for the coming accident Frost does not limit himself to the uses of alteration onomatopoetic words and assonance His use of imagery also contributes to the contentThis can be seen throughout the poem One example of this is how the boys death is presaged with the mention of dust The reader can associate this with the common sentence Ashes to Ashes Dust
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