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Acquainted With The Night

Robert Frost

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Added by: Shawn
I agree, it does seem as though he is hoping for someone to come and tell him to come back. It might be a failed relationship, or a very distant, depressed and lonely person that needs attention from a certain person. I can relate to it. From moving so much and not being very outgoing. It sounds like the poem deals with love. even without mentioning the word.
Added by: Brittany
This poem has moved me deeply. It has changedmy life and i read it over and over like i do with the bible
Added by: molly
my stepdad committed suicide and left this poem behind. It means hes gone through life and lived the life and he felt he did not and could not succeed. He lost all of his money and could not tell my mother. He didnt know how to ask for help. He was a loner. He felt death was his option to his depression. He shot himself and made it look like an accident
Added by: david
First off, this isn't quite a sonnet (sonnets are ababcdcdefefgg, while this poem is ababcbcdcdadaa). Obvoiusly, poems are interpretive and strike people in different ways. There is no one "true" interpretation. Remember not to, in the words of Billy Collins, beat a poem "with a rubber hose". I read this poem and I always remember walks that i take at night. It does a great job of conveying an isolationist feeling of unshared accomplishments. The one thing I always thought, though, was that "one luminary clock against the sky" was not literally a clock, but the moon. Maybe it just struck me this way because I don't take walks around giant clocks. Just the moon.
Added by: MP
we've all taken walks against the luminary clock if we've dwelled in cities or villages. On the steeples. The moon does mark time, very well indeed though -- espcially, I think, if you are a woman. And I like the idea that he is walking against his own internal clock, perhaps.
Pathways in life
Added by: Mandy
I have found that Robert Frost has the tendancy to relate many of his poems to pathways, representing decisions he has had to make in life (Greatest example - "A Road Less Travelled") I feel a strong vibe that this poem was written reflecting emotions of his childhood or perhaps earlyish teenage years. The night obviously represents darkness and loneliness, depression, desolation. Night time is usually more assosciated with silence than day, and Frost has kept his feelings in silent, unwilling to explain his reasons for running away from home to the watchman on his beat. There is a strong theme of time coming in, the watchman on his beat, stopping the sound of feet and halting time for a moment, and the clock (moon) in the sky proclaiming TIME was neither wrong nor right. The child is waiting for his parents to call him back or even say good-bye to show they're in the slightest bit concerned, he obviously feels neglected and unwanted. This is further backed by the interrupted cry (Cry interrupting his thoughts), coming from only over houses from another street, most likely his. Upon looking to the luminary moon for the answers or guidance, the shining heavenly representation proclaims that the answer can only be found by the child, who has to learn from his own decisions in life. FInally, the poem gives the indication to me that he has tried running away on at least another occasion, having had walked out in rain, and back in rain - He had not found enough courage to stay out in the dangers of the night.
Not bad
Added by: yossarian
I'm not a big fan of Frost and this poem seems pretty run of the mill to me. That's not to say it's bad, but there are alot of poets that say more interesting things. I think that this poem is more about the lonliness of human existance than dark nature. Ashley's idea about suicide is pretty interesting. I hadn't thought of that and while it might be a bit of a stretch I like that idea. That's probably what I don't like about most of Robert Frost's poety. They tend to be fairly bland once you analyze them, the rhyme scheme is hardly creative. Not that you can really go wrong with a sonnet though.
Added by: Krista
This poem is all about being lonely and depressed. Maybe the author did something worng and was regretting it. It might also be about death like some people have said. The line, "The time was neither wrong, nor right?" reminds me of death, because who really knows when the right time (or wrong time) is for them to die?
A Different Light
Added by: Janelle
I cannot adequately explain how this poem speaks to me. I completely understand this scenario/situation. I cannot count the times that I've just walked out my door into the night simply b/c I felt the compulsion to do so.
My interpretation of this poem is simply about one's thought, one's alone time. I see this poem as Frost letting us in on maybe insomniac tendencies. The only way I can describe this is that sometimes it feels good to feel that you're alone in the night - that no one's juding you, that you can think on your own and just let your mind wander and that you're not bounded by anything. I'll go so far as to say that "dropped my eyes unwilling to explain" could mean that he was unable to explain the need to be out at such an hour or maybe b/c he might be a bit embarrassed that he was "caught" so to speak out at night or even enjoying his walk.
This kind of idea isn't solely in this poem either. I get the same sort of vibe in "Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening." Of course, "Acquainted With The Night" I think implies this is a recurring action versus "Stopping By Woods" as merely a one-time or unique experience, but still I think they both lend some similarities.
For some reason, this poem makes me think that Frost somehow empathizes w/ the night itself. It's almost as if they've had some sort of camraderie that he can't quite explain, but is still amused to think about.
Added by: Toni S.
i feel this poem does deal with one commiting suicide. for the phrase "I have" gets repeated very often making one sense that one has gone through all of this pain which lead himto death. The watchman IS God and the reason the man drops his eyes as he walks past him if because he knows that what he did was wrong adn he had to chance of being saved anymore for he took his own life. he took away the life God gave him, there is no way God would be happy with that. then it states that hears cried but they are not cries to call him back or say good-bye for me deceided to leave life and God was not callign him back to his kingdom. No human knows when it is their time to die only God knows so if one steps outside of God's plan for him/her He will not be pleased adn will not take him to his kigdom but leve that soul in the darkness for he chose to go there.

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