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In the poem "Out, Out--," how does Robert Frost bring about the tragic death of the boy?

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In his poem "Out, Out--" Robert Frost uses the juxtaposition of positive, warm details to emphasize the horror and unexpectedness of the boy's sudden death. The poem begins:

The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard
And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
The first line contains the negatively charged words "snarled" and "rattled." The associations to danger and bones create a frightening atmosphere. However, that atmosphere is quickly contrasted with the "sweet-scented" dust created by the saw. This creates a confusing tone - should the reader be frightened or not? That confusion heightens the suspense.
And the saw snarled and...

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