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Typical techniques of Frosts' poems include: imagery, ambiguity and universal themes - these are all included in the poem to express the feelings towards the boys death. The poem is set in Vermont, New England a sad story of a boy involved in a tragic work accident leading to his death.

The use of threatening rhyme language is included in the first line 'The buzz-saw snarled and rattled in the yard' this indicates a problem will arise. The second line reveals what the buzz-saw is actually used for - production. Sibilance is used in the 3rd line 'sweet-scented stuff' a typical English device used my Frost to symbolise his touch. The next three lines reveal the setting and time of the incident 'sunset far into Vermont' this gives the reader a more detailed image of the accident. The 7th line uses repetition 'snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled' this dramatic device builds up tension to the accident whilst creating sound and image of the machine that killed the boy.

The 19th line reveal the poem is a first person commentary by someone who was there - we know this by the remorseful line 'call it a day, I wish they might have said' literally if they would have called it a day earlier it would have saved the boys life. The boys sister called him for 'supper' Frost says the saw 'leaped out at the boys hand' he uses this phrase as Frost refuses to blame the injury on the child, even though in reality the boy did cut his own hand off by accident - this is to tell the reader Frost feels the accident is tragic and shouldn't have happened, it builds on the theme of sorrow.

'But the hand!' This short exclamatory sentence is when the reader finds out the boys hand gets cut off, the next line uses words to express the pain the boy was experiencing 'outcry' and 'rueful laugh'. Line 22 reveals the boy tried to 'keep the life from spilling' this makes the accident even more horrific and builds emotions for the reader as he tried to save his own life but there was nothing anyone could do, the doctor tried putting him on 'ether' an equivalent of laughing gas to help him.

'Doing a mans work, but a child at heart' is a compound sentence used not just to structure the poem but is also juntrapossitioning ( the contrast between the job and the age).
Line 27 opens with a one word sentence 'so' this shows the hopelessness/acceptance of the person commenting. 'They listened at his heart. Littles-less-nothing! And that ended it.' This sentence reveals the boy is dead. The last line shows complete detachment and the independent way the people who know he boy copes with his death 'since they were no the ones dead, turned to their affairs' they have to get on with their life's now his passed.

The last 8 lines of the poem portray detachment and an unemotionalal states of mind, obviously the boys death has effected the people he knows in the way that no one wants to believe It was the boys fault, when in reality it was, this is a poem full of language techniques that make it enjoying to read, personally this is a poem I like as Frost really gets into depth and attaches the reader to feel emotions - a very powerful device a writer can use.…...

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