Poetry Analysis: Part 3 of 5

“Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost
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This poem by Robert Frost is one that rhymes and takes the reader on a journey. In order to paint a picture of what it is like to be ‘acquainted with the night,’ the author brings the reader to a different scene in each stanza. First, he explains what it’s like to ‘walk out in the rain’ and to ‘outwalk the furthest city light.’ It is quite depressing to picture walking in the rain, but even more so to have walked so far that there are no more city lights as guidance. The second stanza describes walking down an abandoned city lane and a lonely watchman looking on. The third stanza is the most chilling, depicting the speaker stopping in his tracks at the sound of a far away cry which leads into the fourth stanza, clarifying that the cry was not to call him back or say good-bye. The poem ends with the first line, ‘I have been one acquainted with the night’ to further prove his point. All of these instances tied together create an image of what it’s like to be acquainted with the night, which in this case translates to a dark and lonely road.


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