"Out, out" is a moderately complex poem based on a true life event. In 1915, a neighbors' son's hand was severed by a buzz saw.
There are several themes at work in this thirty-nine line poem. The first is the theme of danger. The poem begins, "The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard." "Snarling" is personifying the saw, making it, from the get-go, appear menacing and dangerous.
A few lines down, the saw seems to have gained an even stronger dark power. As the boy's sister calls him to supper,
... the saw,
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