“Out, Out” was an appropriate title for this poem because the famous soliloquy where this comes from is when Macbeth learns about the sudden death of his wife, Lady Macbeth. ¹ The first line of his acclaimed quote is that “she should have died hereafter.” He is stating that it was not her time to leave the world yet, just like it was not the young boy’s time either. The boy had so much to live for, but now it will never be. He used those two specific words for the title of his poem because in Macbeth’s soliloquy, he states “Out, out, brief candle!” in which he is imagining a candle being blown out. Just like a candle, the lives of Lady Macbeth and the young boy were taken out, or blown away, forever. Unlike the lives of the two characters, a candle can be relit and start...
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...there just was not time to do so.
In the last line of this poem, the narrator enters a state of complete detachment, almost as if indifference is the only way to cope with the boy’s death. Nothing can be built on nothing. The living have lives to lead, things to still “build on.” Macbeth did thesame. He turned to his pressing affairs after mourning his wife’s death for only a short moment. He knew that there was nothing that he could do to change what had already been done. In Macbeth’s soliloquy, he says that “life...struts and frets his hour upon the stage,” but this young boy had far less than his allotted hour. The boy’s death was a prime example of how death is completely unexpected. No one likes death, especially when it takes the life of an innocent child. Death cannot be predicted, and this poem proves the fact that it can strike at any time to any one.
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