Honors English 3, Period 4
08 November 2013
“I have passed by the watchman on his beat and dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain” (II. 5-6). Depression causes a person to distance themselves from the world. It also causes them to not want to associate themselves with people. In the poem, “Acquainted with the Night,” by Robert Frost, a persona seems to be walking aimlessly alone at night in the rain. The persona passes a watchman whom he refuses to associate himself with, so he drops his eyes. The persona also hears “an interrupted cry” that isn’t meant for him, showing how lonely he is. Robert Frost uses many metaphors and symbols to represent things such as depression and hope. In fact, in the poem, diction and imagery are combined to create the gloomy, depressing theme of loneliness and depression. Frost uses diction to emphasize the theme of depression and loneliness. He does this by using many words to express the theme. Words such as “furthest city light,” (1.3) for example, imply depression or loneliness. The noun suggests depression and despair in many ways. The persona is not only depressed, but when he gets far enough into his depression, there is no light, or happiness, in his life. One that is depressed secludes themselves from any company and purposely distances themselves from society. The verb “dropped” (1. 6) demonstrates this hopelessness by dropping his eyes when he passes by a watchman, the only man he’s seen since he started walking. Dropping his eyes signifies that he refuses to associate himself with anyone, and he just wants to completely avoid all contact with anyone he meets on his walk. The verb “acquainted” (1. 1&14) is evidence that the persona accustomed to the night. He really wasn’t “acquainted” with the night. He knows the night and has had a lot of experience with it, but isn’t an “intimate friend” of his. The reader knows that the reader has had experience with the night because he has...
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