Acquainted with the Night: a Story of Night Walks Experience

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Poetry Response: “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost
Robert Frost’s poem “Acquainted with the Night” is told from the point of view of an unknown person. This person tells a story about how he/she has taken numerous late night walks, specifically in the rain. Using tone, diction, the title, structure imagery, and language, Frost writes a poem about a person’s late night experiences to relate to similar experiences that a reader may have encountered.

With Frost’s word choice and the title he chooses to tell this story, the poem comes to exhibit a gloomy tone. Immediately after reading the title of the poem, it can be derived that the lines to follow will chronicle some form of darkness because the word “Night” in the title is a natural embodiment of darkness itself. To help support the gloomy tone initiated with the title of the poem, Frost chooses words such as “rain,” “down,” “saddest, “dropped,” and “cry” to populate the body of his poem. It should also be noted that the speaker in the poem is constantly distancing himself/herself from life and light as he/she out walks "the furthest city light," tries to hide from the watchman, is "far away from an interrupted cry," and is "further still" from the light of the moon. The fact that the speaker is unidentified gives more support for the poems gloomy tone. These elements, the tone, title and diction used, contribute to Frost’s purpose for the poem because they characterize the dark setting that allows the poet to write a story that is both believable and easy to relate to.

Frost applies a structure and an aspect of imagery to the poem that allows it flow nicely while distinguishing each separate occurrence that the speaker mentions as he/she tells the story. Frost uses assonance as he rhymes "night" with "light," "lane" with "explain," "feet" with "street," "good-bye" with "sky," and "right" with "night" in an ABA rhyming pattern for each three line stanza and an AA pattern for the final two line...
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