Loss is something that happens to a lot of people in different ways. Loss is portrayed in Disabled through the loss of his limbs and happiness. In Disabled, a severely injured solider is hidden away in isolated room. The poem talks about the soldiers’ memories and thoughts of the aftermath of his war experience haunt him. He’s now limbless and feels like he’s useless. In the poem the soldier is comparing his life now to the amazing life he once enjoyed. For example he talks about how “some cheered him home, but not as crowds cheer goal” this implies that there weren’t many there when he returned. Loss is also shown in Out, Out through the loss of the young boys’ life. This poem talks about a young boy whose hand gets sawn off and eventually dies from blood loss. The poem implies that the young boy went too soon. “Though a child at heart”- this shows that he was still a child. Another thing that portrays this is the title. The title is a reference from Macbeth, when Lady Macbeth dies ‘too early’.
In Disabled, the author uses a lot of comparison to emphasis what he has loss. “Now, he is old; his back will never brace” This shows that his back will never be the same as it was before the war. Loss is portrayed through his physical state. “Town used to swing so gay” This line uses the past tense to show the differences between the town before and after the war. “Half his lifetime lapsed in a hot race” this shows that he lost his life time and his blood in war. The use of the metaphor highlights how much the war had affected him. In the poem, the author also uses grim and dark words to emphasise loss through imagery. This shown when the man is being introduced “ghastly suit of grey”, which portrays the man’s state of mind using ‘depressing’ colours. He regrets “throwing” away his knees; this tells us that his real intentions of joining the war weren’t patriotic but vain.
In ‘Out, Out’, loss is often shown using personification. For example, “the leaped out at the boy’s hand, or seemed to leap” this use of imagery creates an image that the saw had a mind of its own. “Snarled and rattled” this personifies the saw creation it into this hungry predator. This line is also repeated several times reminding the reader of the buzz saw throughout the poem. This poem also uses contrast. This is shown in “Doing a man’s work, though a child at heart” The contrast used here shows the anger of the reader that the job lead to his early demise. The author also makes the reader sympathies for the young boy. For example “the boy’s first outcry was a rueful laugh” The use of oxymoron shows that the young boy doesn’t know how to react to the serve injury. A sense of loss is then empathizes by the dramatic change of sentence structure; “Little-Less-Nothing” This sentence shocked readers; just like that the boy’s life was gone. This sentence mirrored the boy’s heartbeat which made it feel more realistic and personal.
In ‘Out, Out’ and ‘Disabled’ they both share a theme of loss. They both deal with physical loss which were both accidental. In ‘Disabled’ the man lost his limbs and in ‘Out, Out’ the young boy lost his hand and his life. They both suffer from misfortune. Both poems use similar techniques such as metaphors, similes, contrast and personification. They also use deep imagery which clearly portrays the theme of loss.
In conclusion I think that both poems communicate the theme of loss very clearly.