Acquainted with the Night

I have been one acquainted with the night.

I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.

I have outwalked the furthest city light.

I have looked down the saddest city lane.

I have passed by the watchman on his beat

And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

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.

-Robert Frost

Analysis:

In this poem, the speaker tells about his loneliness. He also faces depression in his life. “The line I have been one acquainted with the night” is an imagery of the nature of solitude. His nights are lonely, and sad like the “saddest city lane”. He has spent nights without sleeping in a state of unhappiness (I have passed by the watchman on his beat). There was no one to call him home or bid him a goodbye.

“When far away an interrupted cry, Came over houses from another street, But not to call me back or say good-bye;”

The moon in the sky didn’t tell the time to end his lonely journey.

“One luminary clock against the sky, Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.”

Terza Rima (third rhyme)is rhyming verse stanza first used by an Italian poet named, Dante Alighieri. Robert Frost was a master of many forms and this poem is one of his most famous works written in terza rima.

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