Acquainted with the night

  • Posted on: 27 December 2010
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by Robert Frost

I have been one acquainted with the night. – personification
I have walked out in rain – and back in rain. – repetition
I have outwalked the furthest city light. – hyperbole
I have looked down the saddest city lane.- personification
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 - consonance
When far away an interrupted cry - personification
Came over houses from another street,
But not to call me back or say goodbye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
One luminary clock against the sky – metaphor
Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.- personification
I have been one acquainted with the night. - personification

SUMMARY
The speaker talks about being really lonely and taking long walks in the middle of the night. He says that rain didn’t stop him from walking, nor did distance. He walked as far as the city limit and looked down “the saddest city lane.” Every time he meets the watchman on duty he lowers his eyes because he doesn’t want to have to explain his loneliness. He stops every time he hears someone yelling (crying) from different houses but it is never the person he would like to hear calling him back or even saying goodbye. In the middle of the lonely night there is only him and the clock that shows a time which is neither wrong nor right: the speaker is indifferent because time holds no meaning for him.

Setting
Middle of the night, lonely city streets, unknown city.

Topic
Loneliness, caused by a break up with a loved one.

Speaker
Probably male, wonders the streets alone and sounds like he is heartbroken

Situation
Probably a cool off walk after a break up or a loss

Resolution
No clear resolution except for the speaker giving hints that he is lonely and he is indifferent to the passing of time

Tone
Sad, lonely, desperate, ashamed

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