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Acquaintedwith the Night by RobertFrost

The poem Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost is a greatpiece. The narrator is in a likely state of depression he had or wasundergoing. The lonely walks he made at night, and the guilty look hegave the watchman describes how it was frustrating for him to be inthat condition. Basing on the title and a few lines of the poem, thespeaker expresses how well he knows the night. By using the word‘acquainted,’ he depicts that he is familiar with the night butdoes not tell the reader if he likes it or hates it. Through thenarrator’s choice of words, the speaker triggers and arouses greatemotion in the readers.

“…Ihave walked out in rain-and back in the rain. /I have outwalked thefurthest city light” (Frost, 1928, line 2 &amp3). These linescould suggest that the speaker has had a bad experience such asdepression. The rain here is symbolic for dark times just like thenight with which he is acquainted (Kemp, 2015). Additionally, whenthe speaker says that he has walked further than the last city light,it indicates that he is staying strong through this depressingsituation, even when he knows that the lights will end, he walks onand on.

When he passes by the watchman, he avoids eye contact this impliesthat he is unable to make interactions with the rest of the world(Kemp, 2015). Moreover, having long walks at night suggests the samething. Typically, happy and normal people often walk during the day.The narrator is apparently dissociated due to depression. “… Ihave looked down the saddest city lane” (Frost, 1928, line 4).Lanes do not have feelings, so when he says they are sad it showsthat the speaker is the one who is too sad to see anything as good orhappy.

Inconclusion, this poem is emotionally awakening. It describes theextent of depression and despondency in the narrator. Through thecarefully crafted and thought out words of the writer, the readerbecomes empathetic to the situation that the subject was or hadexperienced.


Kemp, J. C. (2015). Robert Frost and New England: The Poet As Regionalist. Princeton: Princeton University Press.