The theme of responsibility is shown to the readers as a prominent, integral motif in both ‘Disabled’ and ‘Out, out- ‘. Both poems display a strong sense of criticism towards society as well as the civil authorities through a vivid and graphic description of callous outcomes that the innocent persona has to face. BothOwen and Frost are regarded as modernist poets who showed disillusionment with social order through use of unconventional poetic techniques, rejecting establishedforms and standard expectations of the readers. While many similarities in language and structural features can be found between the two poems, Owen and Frostseem to have different standpoints as to who or what is responsible for the tragic consequences in these poems. How insignificant a single life is on a universal scale can be considered an underlying theme of both poems. Both Owen and Frost demonstrate the world’s indifference and an uncaring attitude towards a boy’s death and a soldier’s deformities, and this seems to insinuate how humans reject the different and ignorethe tragic. The poem ‘Disabled’ is narrated in an overall tone of despair and gloom. The poem starts with a deliberate contrast between joyful ‘voices of play and pleasures after day’ and the persona who ‘shivered in his ghastly suit of grey’ which can be interpreted as a contrast between light of life and darkness of death and immediately the reader sympathises with what the young man has lost. A strong senseof isolation and coldness is created by the bleak diction such as ‘shivered’ and ‘grey’ used in the phrase ‘shivered in his ghastly suit of grey’. The phrase ‘ghastly suit of grey’ is also particularly effective as it presumably connotes howthe persona is viewed by the rest of the society; he is seen as if he is wearing a uniform of death and is referred to as an unpleasant abnormality as suggested by the adjective ‘ghastly’. The tone of the narrative voice, however, seems somewhat objective and detached here, further accentuating the society’s indifference towards the persona. The juxtaposition of this sombre imagery of the persona with the ‘voices of play and pleasures’ voices of the lively, carefree boys who are ‘mothered’ home to sleep, generates a sense of pathos in the reader’s mind and evoke sympathy for the ex-soldier who, unlike the boys, is left alone without anyone to distract him from his thoughts, provide comfort for him or take care of him. The title of the poem ‘Out, out- ‘, on the other hand, alludes to the line ‘Out, out, brief candle!’ from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The line illustrates the image of afragile candle light, which can symbolise the delicateness of life and how it can easily be snatched away. Not only does the title create a sense of foreboding by foreshadowing the loss of persona’s life, but it also serves to emphasise the vulnerability of the young boy. The poem starts with an effective contrast between animalistic features of the buzz saw and depiction of beautiful, serene mountain ranges in the background. In the line ‘The buzz saw snarled and rattled… ‘, the useof onomatopoeic verbs ‘snarled’ and ‘rattled’ gives the buzz saw animalistic life; while the verb ‘snarled’ can be associated with ferocious beasts, ‘rattled’ perhapssignifies the sound of a snake with venomous fangs. The description of the buzz saw contrasted to the image of beautiful scenery with semantic field of purity and sweetness possibly connotes that the rest of the world is completely oblivious and unaffected by the danger that is slowly approaching the young boy. Moreover, Despite the world’s indifference and heartless attitude towards the boy, Frost instils a sense of sympathy in the line ‘call it a day, I wish they might have said, to please the boy’. Unlike the beginning of the poem, where the narrative voice is objective and distanced from the persona, the line explicitly shows that the narrator, who is assumed to be Frost, is compassionate towards the boy. At the same time, the line also connotes that Frost is somewhat aggrieved by the fact ‘they’, presumably the boy’s parents as well as the society, failed to show any humane, caring attitude towards the young boy, whose life is as fragile as a light of a candle.Delicateness and vulnerability of youth as well as loss of a human condition, whichcompletes the characters either physically or psychologically, can be conceived to be another integral message of the poems. While evoking nostalgia and pathos by