This poem by Frost is the story of a boy who cuts his hand off with a saw and later dies. Throughout the poem Frost is trying to blame someone for the tragic events. At first he blames the saw, then the blames moves on to the parents who work the boy too hard, and then the blame is laid onto the doctor. By blaming the saw, family, and doctor Frost is searching for blame when the reality is that there is no one to blame for this horrible tragedy. .

In order to completely understand this poem we should begin by looking at the title. The words "Out, Out" are a reference to Shakespeare's Macbeth. "Out, out" are the two beginning words of Macbeth's monologue that he speaks after he learns of his wife's death. Macbeth's wife however dies due to a mental breakdown due to guilty feelings that incur after she helps her husband murder the king Duncan of Scotland. Lady Macbeth died for a reason but this boy in the story dies for no purpose what so ever. .

The poem begins by describing the sounds that a buzz saw makes. It "snarled" and "rattled" like a rabid angry beast. This is Frost blaming the saw. He's trying to make the saw sound like a horrible beast that is thirsty for the blood and body parts of little children. The saw however, is not a living breathing beast. It does not want to remove the boy's hand. The saw was cutting large, stove-like pieces of wood that smell sweet when the blows across it. The mentioning of stove sized pieces of wood foreshadows the coming of the boy's sister who later tells him that dinner is ready just a moment before he cuts his hand off. .

Next, Frost goes on to explain that the sun is setting in Vermont and the saw is still snarling and rattling. The sun was falling and the machine still kept on going. No one tells the boy to stop cutting even though the day is over. The author then says that he wishes someone would tell the boy to call it a day, to stop working and give him a half an hour off.