Title of Frost’s Poem “Out, Out” Alludes to Macbeth’s Soliloquy

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What is the link of Frost’s poem “Out, Out” with Shakespeare’s Macbeth?

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You might be wondering about the title of this poem that what does it mean? In fact, this phrase refers to Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Shakespeare being a great playwright had a strong influence on new writers. In this play, you will find a quote,

“Out out, brief candle (25)

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage

And then is heard no more…”

(Act 5, Scene 5)

This is a famous soliloquy scene, through which Macbeth echoes the feelings of Lady Macbeth, who surrenders to guilt for causing the death of king and married a monster. Through this reference, Frost conveys an idea that life is nothing, it is pointless as everyone goes to their business after the death of boy.

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