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.