A Comparison of The death of a hired man and Out, Out- by Robert Frost
Robert frost was born in Vermont in 1874 and died in 1963. Robert
Frost was a farmer and lived in Vermont, USA. Both poems 'The death of
a hired man' and 'Out, Out-' are set on a farm in Vermont which is
probably because of where Robert Frost lived and worked.
I will know begin to discuss the similarities. As I said previously
both poems are set in a farm enviroment. The poem 'The death of a
hired man' is probably set in winter so there would not be a lot of
work to be done therefore Warren; the owner of the farm would not need
to hire any workers because he would be able to do the work himself.
The poem ?Out, Out ?? is set in summer therefore there would be a lot
of work to do and this is the reason why the boy, at his age, is
My next similarity is that both poems flow through chronologically
from beginning to end and this can be said to be the first level of
understanding, the next level of understanding is that the poem
portrays the last part of time that Silas and the young boy have
alive; the poem starts off and they?re alive and as soon as the poems
end so does their lives, thus giving the poem an abrupt ending, just
like actual death. So time plays a major role in these poems. Another
example of time is that both of the poems have a passage of time in
them. In ?The death of a hired man? the passage is when,
?I?ll sit and see if that small sailing cloud
Will hit or miss the moon.?
After this there is a passage of time, which portrays Warren spending
time with Silas.
?It hit the moon.?
This is like Mary telling us that Silas has died.
My next similarity is that in both poems the poet shows a wider
picture of the surroundings, which is to show the beauty of the
natural world and contrast it against the sadness and depression of
what is the inevitable; death. Also, in both poems, I think that there
is a realisation of the inevitable. In ?The death of a hired man? it?s
when Silas goes to the one place that he can call home; Warren and
Mary?s farm, but even in his death Silas is still a very proud man.
?He wouldn?t let me put him on the lounge.?
This means that Silas would rather sit on the floor than on a couch,
as this is just how he is. The realisation in ?Out, Out-? is when the
boy realised that he was losing too much blood and soon would die.
?Then the boy saw all-?.
I will now begin to discuss the differences between the two poems. My
first difference is that Silas is a very old man and has lived a full
life and his death is very peaceful and expected but in ?Out, Out-?
the young boys death is very violent and unexpected. One moment the
boys working and all is OK, the next he?s without a hand and losing
blood rapidly. I think that in the first poem the poet is trying to
tell us that death will come to us all, eventually but in ?Out, Out-?
I think that the poet is trying to tell us to live...