Acquainted with the Night

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Acquainted with the Night The poem is written in an impressing iambic pattern; every line of the poem has 10 syllables, each arranged in a way so that the unaccented and accented syllables bled in a perfect symbiosis – “But not to call me down or say good-bye” (10), or “Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right” (13). It is a fourteen-line poem, which, in combination with the iambic pattern leads me to define the poem as a sonnet. It is structured by three line stanzas, linked together by a Terza Rima rhyme scheme consisting of an ABA, BCB, CDC, DAD, AA pattern. Although the general theme of a sonnet is about embracement, adulation, and affection, this poem strikes me rather diversely; darkness, loneliness, and desolation are existent throughout the text. This leads me to introduce the main theme of “Acquainted with the Night” – isolation and loneliness. This essay will focus primarily on Frost’s use of detailed language such as symbolism, diction, imagery, and syntax in order to unfold the speaker’s attitude of isolation and loneliness. Frost begins this poem by stating, “I have been one acquainted with the night." (1), which is a somewhat ambivalent statement. Acquainted means have knowledge of, or be familiar with – in this case, the night. Interestingly, the author use “I have” instead of “I am”, which indicates that it might be a past experience. At this point, it is not clear where in time this person is, but the diction displays a dark, isolated image. In the second line, the symbolism of darkness and loneliness of the night continuous, “I have walked out in rain -- and back in rain”. (2) The weather does not change, even though he walks inside again; the rain follows him wherever he goes. The author uses rain two times in this sentence, which normally would be considered redundant, but in this instance is used to emphasize the already darkened
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