|And they, since they
Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.
‘Out, Out—’ by Robert Frost : The Poetry Foundation
Frost's title is an allusion to Macbeth's famous speech upon the occasion of the death of Lady Macbeth:
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,