“Out, out-“is a poem by Robert Frost whom tells the story of a young boy that has lost his life under and disastrous circumstance. In comparison, “Disabled” by Wilfred Owen portrays a man that has left part of himself in war. Both poems proclaim ideas that suggest briefness along with instability of both characters in the poem, in addition to the principle that life will go on, that a singular life such as those of the characters are irrelevant on a general scale as when the young man from “Disabled” returned from war he is forgotten and the boy from “Out, out” where the people around, whom loved him once moved on even when he had just died.
In “Out, Out” the poet personifies the chainsaw and compares it to a predatory animal. The chainsaw isn’t able to “leap” but by personifying it, this allows the reader to picture what is taking place when the chainsaw “leapt out at the boy’s hand” Both poems have a common metaphor. The use of blood as a sense of “life”, this gives the representation of what was lost in “Out Out” as it talks about, “life from spilling.” This creates an image of horror and disbelief having more of an impact on the readers. In Disabled The poem doesn’t refer to “life” pouring but the young broken soldiers “lifetime” ending, which creates an image of loss of time and potential.
“Disabled” and “Out Out” both talk about different period of life and time but give off the same effect. The titles of the poems show the initial mood of the poem for instance. “Disabled” refers to the state at which you are mentally/physically unstable and broken. The title of the poem reflects the mental disability that the young soldier now holds. “Out Out” on the other hand is a reference to Shakespeare’s Macbeth, “Out Out the brief candle” This reference brings tragedy and death. This tells us as the readers that the main theme of the poem would be death.
A difference in the poems is the scenery and setting, and the cause of the tragedy. “Out Out” is set in a forest near Vermont. Disabled was set in an institute and part of it in World War one battle grounds. “Out out” was written in World War one and is seen as an innocent causality, as the boy was young and taken by the enemy. The Buzz saw is seen as the enemy during the Wartime.
The young soldier experienced romantic views about the war, which express his gullibleness and instils empathy as the reader for the young boy. This emphasises how a perfect teenager made the wrong decision which cost him his “life” just like the young boy in, “Out, Out”. Nevertheless, it mentions that, “He asked to join” this refers that he knew what he was doing hence we shouldn’t feel sorry for the boy as he brought this upon himself over the theme of love. This cost him his legs, which in theory to him brought the theme of loss/death.
Another way the poet has used the effect of loss and death in the poem in Disabled is where Owen, describes how the solder listens to the joyful voices of young boys playing. This use of anaphora provides the effect of a flashback and echo and how happiness haunts him. This also shows jealousy, as the wounded, broken soldier wasted his youth and now envies others. The emotions that are shown are anger and bitterness. On the other hand, “Out Out” is set in a picturesque setting which then contrasts with a horrific scene of loss and death. Both poems have similarities that ridiculous mistakes and doings cause life problems and severe loss.
A sense of negativity was portrayed at the beginning of Owens, “Disabled” where it says. “shivered in his ghastly suit of grey” the loss is portrayed in the first stanza. “saddening like a hymn” contrasts and there is a sense of irony as “hymns” are generally happy song that thank the Lord but in this context, hymns are being used negatively.
Comparing the two poems, I believe that “Disabled” by Wilfred Owen, expresses the theme of loss more effectively than Frosts, “Out Out” The comparison between past, present and future increases the strength of loss and sorrow. As opposed to “Out Out” loss is felt throughout the entire poem. The sympathy we absorb and hold from the soldier is shown by the quotes, “Smiling they wrote his lie, aged nineteen years.”
Also, “took pity wherever they may dole” This presents the effect of death and loss as the soldier is forgotten and the boy is also forgotten by his loved ones, “And they turned to their own affairs”