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Acquainted With The Night

Robert Frost

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The Theme of isolation
Added by: Johnny Osborne
I like the poem because it gives you the feeling of being isolated and describe your life as a feeling. And I would like to become a incredible poet like Robert Frost one day.
Added by: Nikhil M
Frost's Terza Rima rhyme scheme is a brilliant allusion to Dante's Inferno. Asuch, I feel his message deals with the same subject, the dark side of humanity.
Added by: Jacqueline
I am learning about this in my 8th grade English class and I feel that this poem is saying how the speaker knows hard times, he has expirenced the dark, being lonely, he has gone there and back. It really applys to the saying, "Been there, Done that".
Added by: Leslie
Once I laid eyes upon this poem, I knew I had to have it. I wanted to posess the words. Frost is a master, and this poem ROCKS, to put it mildly. I memorized this poem so I could carry it in my head. The mood of this piece is amazing. It captures the essence of contemplative lonliness. It calls to the lonely insomniac writers. Beautiful rhyme, rhythm, syntax, and diction from Frost, as usual.
Added by: ivan
I stand, just here, as these words appear.

This poem begins with a premise: I have been one acquainted with the night.

The reader is drawn along INTO the darkness with the author. Human depression, etc...

Then in the third stanza the author brings the 'action' of the poem to a halt. A relief FROM the life? I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet.

Then the reader is awakened with a 'cry' and reminded that 'the time is neither wrong nor right.' This represents the limits of humanity.

And alas the reader is left to ponder his or her own existence and/or place in the universe.

Added by: Ashley
This poem can also get a person to think about if the narrator could be thinking about suicide, or if he has committed suicide. Being in the darkness could be death. The night watchman could be God, and that is why he lowers his eyes and won’t EXPLAIN why he took his life. He knows it was wrong, but it seemed so right at the time. When he hears the bell toll, he realizes that there is no more hope for him to be saved. Time has stopped and he did what he did. There’s no where else to go but darkness.
Added by: Princesswriter
I marvel at how deeply people look INTO poetry. I am not so deep. I read this poem and am simply reminded of walking home at night, particularly in the winter, when the days are shorter. The sound of mothers calling their children in FROM play. I remember passing strangers and not looking at them because I was taught not to talk to strangers.

I don't get loneliness FROM this, but being alone. I just see Robert noticing things as he walked home, as I walked home and then turned the key and entered my empty home, did my homework and watched television till my mother and father came home FROM work.

Of course Neither of us are right or wrong. Every life experience is different and different interpretations will come FROM the same poem. But you all know that.
Added by: Matthew
This is a great poem. There is nothing ordinary about it. Robert Frost has been titled "The Nature Poet" so this piece stands out as it has more to do with human emotions and isolation. Anyone who tries to downplay this poem, *ahem* princesswriter, isn't a true lover of the poetic art.
A few questions
Added by: Patrick
What strikes me about this poem is the relative density and hidden nature of the message. With many of Frost's other poems (I'm thinking of things like Birches, Desert Places, and Mending Wall), the general scope of the meaning is relatively clear: sure, we can debate about the fine points, but it seems relatively obvious (I think anyway, maybe I'm overestimating) that something like Desert Places is about despair. With this poem, on the other hand, it seems extremely difficult to articulate even the broad strokes of the poem's meaning. It's powerful - no one seems to be able to deny that, and it clearly has an effect on its readers, but as for spelling out the poem's meaning, it seems extraordinarily difficult. I've often thought that this is the poem where Frost comes closest to joining the Imagist circle of people like Pound and W.C. Williams. Anybody got some thoughts on my ramblings?
Added by: jennylee
i noticed that this poem is a sonnet. wouldn't that indicate that it is about love? the clock seems to be significant because the last couplet is set apart from the rest of the poem...it sounds like he may be having an affair so then who would the love poem be addressed to? his wife of the mistress? just some thoughts...

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