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Acquainted with the Night

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Navila Sharif

on 4 February 2013

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Transcript of Acquainted with the Night

Navila Sharif Background Structure Meaning What does the night connote to you?
What is the tone of this poem?
What are some possible themes/ main ideas?
"Acquainted with the Night": published in 1928
inspired by the natural world around him
often writes about the beauty of nature
grief and loss as a child
suffered from depression
dark hidden meaning: death, isolation, etc Sonnet: 14 lines
Written in iambic pentameter: 10 syllables per line
Rhyme scheme: aba bcb cdc dad aa
Last two lines: couplet
Rhyme structure captures loneliness: The on-beat, exact form= the speaker's rhythmic footsteps as he walks in 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. Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost -connotes neutral feeling, not like or dislike; not friends of many; inclusive extended metaphor exaggerated diction: extent of loneliness personified guard on duty ashamed of behavior; tries to escape being noticed and avoid any human contact silence- not even his own footsteps are heard repetition sense of disappointment distance the moon: light imagery enjambment couplet past tense/ detachment Themes loneliness
distance
hope
depression
acceptance
Robert Frost (1874-1963) shift in tone; carefree; acceptance Tone: somber, depressed, gloomy
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