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Analysis and comments on Acquainted With the Night by Robert Frost

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Comment 9 of 399, added on May 22nd, 2005 at 6:18 PM.

The definition of luminary: An object, such as a celestial body, that
gives light. It could be the actual clock in Amherst, but I have a feeling
Frost was talking about the moon. It is a beautiful poem. I usually don't
like poems with rhyme schemes, because they often sound forced, but I
didn't even notice it in this poem until it was pointed out. Beautiful.

Ben from United States
Comment 8 of 399, added on May 5th, 2005 at 5:28 PM.

i think this poem means he been so much and in and out in pain. that deep
dude peace out...

Alejandra quintero from United States
Comment 7 of 399, added on March 31st, 2005 at 5:02 PM.

I think this poem is Great! It's my favorite porm right above "The Road Not

Comment 6 of 399, added on January 30th, 2005 at 11:22 AM.

It seems to me that Frost is trying to use distance in this poem. "I have
OUTWALKED the FURTHEST city light," "I have PASSED by the watchman," "When
FURTHER still at an unhearthly HEIGHT." If you look at Frost's other works,
he uses nature as a repeated theme. This poem sounds more urban and
city-like to me. So I think that the narrarater in Frost's poem is trying
to separate himself from this lonely, depressing urban environment and
return to the countryside which he adores.

Sidra Zaidi from United States
Comment 5 of 399, added on January 21st, 2005 at 8:14 AM.

this poem reminds me of my of me pooping

aunt jamima from New Zealand
Comment 4 of 399, added on January 21st, 2005 at 12:54 AM.

The "luminary clock" Neale asked about could possibly be a metaphor for the
moon. It could also mean the sundial you mentioned, but I have my doubts.

Comment 3 of 399, added on January 7th, 2005 at 12:22 AM.

There is a large town clock with a bright illuminated dial on what I
believe is Amherst, MA, city hall at Boltwood and Main. Frost was teaching
at Amherst College in 1928, the date the poem was published. I wonder if
that was the "luminary clock" in the poem. Does anyone know?

Neale Adams from Canada
Comment 2 of 399, added on September 22nd, 2004 at 2:01 PM.

My favourite poem.

Dick from New Zealand
Comment 1 of 399, added on September 21st, 2004 at 3:30 PM.

The rhyme scheme is known as terza rima: ABA BCB CDC ...

Mark Daniell 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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