Robert Frost: Symbolism And Symbolism In Acquainted With The Night

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Robert Frost is remembered as the famous poet, scholar, and author to many acclaimed poems such as “The Road Not Taken”, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, and of course, “Acquainted With the Night”. Knowing Robert Frost as a person can give us a much better view of Robert Frost, the poet. The life of such a celebrated author wasn’t exactly always a party. Beginning at a young age Frost began to know the misfortunes of death when his father died of tuberculosis, forcing the entire family to relocate from California to Massachusetts. While living in Massachusetts Frost attended Lawrence High School, graduating in 1892. And then in 1894 Frost published his first success “My Butterfly, an Elegy”. He married his high school sweetheart …show more content…
Loneliness is the major symbol throughout the poem; the setting of the poem is on the city streets but there is no one around except for the watchman on the street and far away cry. In line 10 it shows that the speaker is hoping that someone is calling for him, he even stops walking to listen but he knows that no one is missing him. Another symbol of loneliness is in line 5 when the speaker passes the watchman (who really wouldn’t be the most comforting person on a lonely night), but he doesn’t make eye contact as if he does not want to express his emotions. The personification of the moon in line 12 could also be a symbol when the moon offers some light into the darkness, but it doesn’t cure his depression, saying the moon “proclaims” the time is “neither wrong nor right” which doesn’t satisfy something the speaker is searching for. The moon is also a symbol for the speaker’s loneliness, because of its “unearthly” distance; the image of the moon is created to be sad and isolated like the speaker. Yet the moon proffers this luminary symbol of hope, or of a clock that has the promise of the next …show more content…
The word acquainted is a metaphor for someone or something that you have met but isn’t a friend; in the speakers word choice he is saying he knows the night well but they are not friends. Also going around at night probably isn’t the best way for the speaker to make new acquaintances, although he’s lonely he likes it that way. This isolation ironic of such an of urban setting. Cities at night are often still bustling with the nightlife, yet the speaker in this poem portrays the city as empty and lonely. And also in the title “night” which happens to be the biggest metaphor in the entire poem. The night and darkness in this poem can represent the depression and dark feelings of the speaker. Throughout the entire poem the speaker is walking which becomes a metaphor for the persistence of his depression and also could be a sign of insomnia, which is also a side effect of depression. The speaker uses another metaphor for loneliness in line 3 when he has “outwalked the furthest city light” it gives the reader the feeling he is completely secluded from all of civilization. Because each stanza excluding the last mentions the speaker walking the reader can get the sense that he is distancing himself the way that people who suffer with depression often

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