Who is the narrator in the poem "Out,Out--" by Robert Frost? Why are the characters not named?

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The educator answer above explains that this poem was based on a real event in Frost's life. However, it is not necessary to know the backstory to the poem in order to appreciate and feel moved by it, and the namelessness of both speaker and protagonists contributes to this. We do not know who is speaking in this poem. It could be Frost himself; equally, the anonymity, and the way in which the scene is described in consequential detail, allows the reader to picture it vividly as if we ourselves were there, watching the terrible events unfold.

The narrator is not omniscient—he does not pretend to know what is going on in the boy's head; his interpretations are based on what he, and we through him, can see ("he must have," "however it was"). Instead, the reader stands helpless alongside the narrator as the boy, "a child at heart," "saw all spoiled," his hand "gone already" and his life soon to be so. Because the boy is not named, and neither of the characters in the poem are described,...

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