27 February 2012
The poems that I have decided to write about are, “Acquaint With The Night”, and “A Road Not Taken”, by Robert Frost. Frost was exposed to literature from an early age both of his parents were teachers. He started writing at the age of fifteen; he admired writers such as William Shakespeare, Robert Buras, and William Wordsworth. (Spencer and Chris) I believe that Frost wrote “Acquaint With The Night” because it was during a time of depression just after the stock market crash in 1929, unemployment peeked and a lot of people lost everything, it was a time of darkness, I believe that this is why he wrote it and has a lot to do with the unhappy tone of the poem. “The Road Not Taken” Robert Frost himself states “One stanza of “The Road Not Taken” was written while I was sitting on a sofa in the middle of England, was found three or four years later, and I couldn’t bear not to finish it. I wasn’t thinking about myself there, but about a friend who had gone off to war, a person who, whichever road he went, would be sorry he didn’t go the other. He was hard on himself that way” (Bread Loaf Writers). In these two poems I have found several similarities. I am going to talk about the tone, metaphors and dualities. The tone in the poem “Acquainted With The Night” I felt he was depressed and almost lonely like ashamed of himself or possibly something he may have done. For example in the poem it states “I have walked out in rain and back in rain”. Rain is used as a metaphor because it’s not rain the author is talking about in that line, he is talking about rain which can be related to tears and with tears we can relate to sad or depressed feeling, in other words the line really states, “I have walked out sad and came back sad”. I believe the author is setting the tone by using that metaphor ‘rain’ as a way of describing sadness, depressed, confused, we know that Frost is not really saying I walked outside and it was raining. Another example from...
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