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Comment 35 of 395, added on February 26th, 2006 at 4:05 PM.

I believe that the word "night" in this poem refers to a suicide attempt.
He's walked "out in rain-and back in rain": he's been through troubles and
emotional strife. He's "outwalked the furthest city light": he's lost the
faintest glimmer of hope. The watchman portrays a God-like figure..
someone he came in close contact with, but was ashamed of himself. The
voice he heard was someone he thought was going to "call him back" and care
for him, or even to say "good-by"... but to no avail.

Lauren from United States
Comment 34 of 395, added on February 22nd, 2006 at 8:42 AM.

Reading through, it seems none of you considered the possiblity of the
speaker being female. It puts an interesting spin on the poem. For
example; the "luminary clock," referring to the moon, would be quite
significant to a woman to tell what time of the month it was.

Ashley from United States
Comment 33 of 395, added on February 12th, 2006 at 8:50 PM.

wow... this poem has so many meanings, literally, and symbolically.
obviously, the speaker, robert frost, is trying to get away from somthing
or is looking back at the hard times in his life. he says that he has been
in and out of the rain which could mean he has been in and out of problems
in his life. he has outwalked the furthest city light, which means he has
gone so far in his problems, he has reached just a terrorizing point in
life at sometime. he has had his sad times and has been looked down upon
by others which we see in the 2nd stanza. He has been aware of the time
and how he does not have a lot of it, I think he means that we shouldnt
waist things like what he is writing about because we dont hvae a whole lot
of time. In the end of the time, he says that time shouldnt matter. We
need to stop the bad things going on in our life and not let them affect
us. Most people think that frost is writing about death, but i just dont
see it. does anyone else feel like he is not talking about death?

Jessica
Comment 32 of 395, added on January 18th, 2006 at 6:37 PM.

I think this poem means that the narrator of this poem has gone through an
expoeriance where he almost died, whether literally or what dying means to
him. I got that idea from the last three sentences. " One luminary clock
against the sky proclaimes the time was nether wrong nor right. I also got
the idea from the sentence "I have passed by the watchman on his beat and
dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain."
I'm not sure if my interpertation is correct or close because everyone has
different points of view,but please e-mail me and give me your thoughts.

Sandy from United States
Comment 31 of 395, added on January 12th, 2006 at 5:40 PM.

Borges in an intimate interview with Gloria Lopez Lecube replied "I would
choose Acqainted with the night.

Jorge Luis Borges was a poet and blind at the time of the interview.

Leonard from United States
Comment 30 of 395, added on December 21st, 2005 at 11:16 PM.

I read this poem because my friend was analyzing it for lit. I said as a
joke that the speaker was a vampire. I think that although it is obviously
not a vampire, you get the same sense of lonliness and isolation as you
would as some characterizations of a vampire. I personally thought it made
sense, like the "luminary clock" was the moon, since vampires can't tell
time by the sun, they would by the moon... Anyway, I just thought I'd throw
that out there.

Kate from United States
Comment 29 of 395, added on December 21st, 2005 at 12:12 PM.

"Acquainted with the Night" evokes a very American mood of isolation in an
urban setting, something Edward Hopper portrays very well in his paintings.
This brings back very pleasant emotions and memories of my solitary walks
around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx when I was a kid and later on in
life.

Alex from United States
Comment 28 of 395, added on December 21st, 2005 at 8:39 AM.

The passion of the poem comes from the desire to hide the secrets of life,
and the desire to expose to the light of day the secret desires of the
soul. While the symbolism of clocks (time) and watchmen (god) clearly
indicates that there are no "real" secrets, the attempt to keep hidden
those things we feel shame over, keeps us all well acquainted with the
night.

Jack from United States
Comment 27 of 395, added on December 20th, 2005 at 4:11 PM.

I rather think that this person here has done a lot of things during the
night and that is why he is acquainted with it. Analyzing the whole poem
makes me think that he was going away from home, and has all these gloomy
thoughts about the night he did so. He is not able to explain to the
watchman what he is doing and passes by him without a word. Then a while
later, screams are heard from a lane behind from perhaps where he was
coming. His family members realized that he left them. Or yet it could be
that he died. And when he says, 'further still at an unearthly height, one
luminary clock against the sky.' That could just be that he is a star
looking down on all of them. He says this time was neither wrong or right
but it happened during the night,therefore, he is one acquainted with the
night.

Nakaashi from India
Comment 26 of 395, added on December 11th, 2005 at 11:44 PM.

I find so easy to relate to Robert Frost. In many of his poems when he
talks about death and being lonely i can relate to that.

Willie Jones from United States

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Poet: Robert Frost
Poem: 21. Acquainted With the Night
Volume: West-Running Brook
Year: 1928
Added: Feb 1 2004
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Poem of the Day: May 16 2003


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