Night and Dark
English 2 (H)
11 September, 2014
In the poems “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” by Emily Dickenson and “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost, both poets discuss the mysteries within the darkness. However, Dickenson uses an optimistic tone to suggest that darkness is only an illusion and can be broken from while; Frost uses a tone of depression to reinforce the idea that there is true solidarity in darkness.
Darkness is presented as an illusion that instills fear within the human heart, however, as we “fit our vision to the Dark” we begin to escape the hold that darkness and fear has on the mind (L.7). Dickenson uses an optimistic tone to reveal that although darkness creates uncertainty, there is light, and with light, comes the opportunity to overcome that which develops fear as the “darkness alters” and becomes clear (L.17). Within “Acquainted with the Night”, the repetition of “I” stresses the authors point of view and how he enjoys being alone, isolated from the rest of the world. For “[he has] out walked the furthest city light” reveals that the authors only companion is the moon, either day or night, he has shrouded himself in darkness, with no hope of escaping its hold. Frost uses a somber tone to emphasize the solidarity that he has within isolation and how he has become comfortable living in a lonesome world.
Overall, both poems discuss the darkness and how it has powerful holds on the human mind. However, Dickenson presents darkness as an illusion, as something to be freed from while; Frost presents is as a companion in which to trust deeply.