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The poem, “Acquainted with the Night” is written by Robert Frost. This poem was first released in 1928. Robert Frost was born in America, but spent most of his life in England. His life was filled with grief. He lost his father in a young age, two of his daughters died shortly after birth, his son committed suicide and his wife died of breast cancer. Affected by his life experiences, some of his poems were dark and depress. In this poem, Frost used examples of symbolism, imagery and metaphor to reveal a person’s sadness, loneliness and loss of direction living alone in the city.
Symbolisms help readers to interpret the atmosphere of the night. The word “night” connotes to many low words, such as dark, cold, quiet and alone. The speaker has “walked out in rain and back in rain” (line 2). Rain symbolizes wet and uncomfortable. The speaker “stood still and stopped the sound of feet” reveal that the night is quiet, except for the sound of his footstep, the street is in complete silence. Moreover, author uses words like “rain”, “saddest” and “cry” to give reader a sense of unhappiness.
Imageries reveal speaker’s feeling of the dark night. Speaker has “looked down to the saddest city lane” (line 4). A city lane is narrow and dark, and portraits a narrow point of view of the speaker. Speaker thinks that his life is trapped in a narrow path. In addition, when he passes by the watchman, he dropped his eyes, and “unwilling to explain”. Speaker is going through a dark period, and he doesn’t want to interact with others. However, his desires to connect with people still exist, it shows in the poem when he hears a cry from another street, he stops immediately, but later he thinks that the cry is “not to call me back or say good-by”. It shows that the speaker is not acquainted to loneliness.
Metaphor develops the theme of the poem. The night itself is a metaphor for the speaker’s loneliness. The rain symbolizes problems. He goes out walking to get away from his problems but the problems never go away. The luminary clock is a metaphor for the moon that shines in the sky. The moon is the only lit thing in the darkness of the light, giving off a little of hope to those losing their ways. However, the moon is at “an unearthly height”, which reflects that it is impossible to reach there. In addition, people can tell times by observing the position of the sun or the moon. However, the speaker doesn’t know how long he has been wandered in the street, which shows that the speaker is aimless.
Throughout the poem, the author uses examples of symbolisms and imageries to depict the depressed and loneliness atmosphere. One could learn many lessons from the poem about when one is in trouble, it is better to face it than walk away.

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