GradeSaver, 12 May 2009 Web. Acquainted with the Night is one of the most celebrated poems of Robert Frost. He has moved into the darkest and least main tamed lane of the city. I altered the last one a little to fit the format - here's the original: I have been one acquainted with the night. There is something inside which needs to come out - perhaps it won't ever manifest - buried deep in the heart and soul.
You may want to pair this with other examples of terza rima and go into a more detailed discussion. He is like a stranger and the city becomes a stranger at night. The speaker of this poem is explaining of what the night consist of in his opinion. Lines eleven and twelve are also continued into the final stanza. There is no need to explain to anyone why you are walking alone at night. The rain can also symbolize life itself, always pouring one thing after another on a person, one stress after another, one heartache after another, and sometimes no matter how strong a person is, they can never get away from that rain.
The title of the poem is an important part of the poem because it is repeated in the poem. I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet When far away an interrupted cry Came over houses from another street, But not to call me back or say good-bye; And further still at an unearthly height, One luminary clock against the sky Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right I have been one acquainted with the night. I have looked down the saddest city lane. I have been in this very same situation where I have returned home late at night to an upset father, mother, guardian when I was out past curfew and dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain. He lost two sons, one through suicide, and two daughters when young.
I have walked out in rain — and back in rain. Lead a discussion going from device to device throughout the poem. I have looked down the saddest city lane. I have walked out in rain - and back in rain. Human nature, as with nature itself, is both beautiful and often an exercise of contradictions.
He is buried in Bennington, Vermont. Fourth Stanza The fourth stanza continues the thought that was not completed at the end of stanza three. A three-stanza format with rhyming patterns in line one and three of each stanza is a major driving force to the poem's impact as well. Toward the end of the poem the speaker ignores the time in a clock in a sky as is was neither wrong nor right as the speaker has more knowledge of the night than a clock. They were fast, very fast. The city lanes wear a sad and lonely look at night and he has walked through the saddest of them and passed by the watchman who alone stands on guard but the two cross each other without raising his eye and without explaining his solitary presence there at night.
Nelson tells us a little bit more about John and… Ever since Pete and Patrick moved in together, Pete had been taking trips out in the middle of the night. . His acquaintance with the night constructs a cycle of depression that he cannot escape. By all manner of poetic skills Frost takes the reader a moment beyond good and evil, in which absence of design is faced and met. Perhaps the rain the speaker has walked out in is depression or a difficult time in his life. The word acquainted indicates that the speaker is familiar with the night, but it does not mean that the speaker knows the night well, nor does it indicate that he particularly likes the night.
I was with my friends for the rest of the night. The rhyming scheme is like aba, bcb, cdc, ee or aba, bcb, cdc, e. Like other great poets, Frost routinely uses figurative language to strengthen his message. He is engulfed by it. Though the speaker has stopped, the lines are hurrying forward, creating a feeling of uneasiness and urgency. The isolation continues, becoming more cold and cruel and distant. The couple moved to England in 1912, after they tried and failed at farming in New Hampshire.
However, one night, Patrick decided to stay awake longer when Pete was up. Throughout the poem, the speaker alludes to this secret while telling of his walks through the city. This speaker could easily be Frost, especially since the poet dealt with depression in his adult life. It has to be faced alone. I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet When far away an interrupted cry Came over houses from another street, But not to call me back or say good-bye; And further still at an unearthly height, One luminary clock against the sky Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have outwalked the furthest city light. He has gone as far as the last post of light in the city. Even when he makes contact with another person such as the watchman , the narrator is unwilling to express his feelings because he knows that no one will understand him. He didn 't deserve Pete. He is weary and upset. Although he is in a city, he feels completely isolated from everything around him.