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What are examples of repetition, onomatopoeia, and personification in the poem "Out, Out—"?

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There are a number of examples of repetition in the poem. For example, the word "boy" is repeated six times to emphasize the youth of the character. The tragedy of the poem is all the more impactful because of the victim's youth. In the middle of the poem, when the boy loses his hand to the saw, there is also repetition of the word "hand." This word too is repeated six times, and the repetition perhaps echoes the boy's own shock, epitomized by the line, "But the hand!"

The onomatopoeia in the poem is mainly used to evoke the aggressive, threatening sound of the saw. The opening line of the poem, "The...

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