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Comment 23 of 453, added on December 5th, 2005 at 5:59 PM.

This poem is amazing.I had to analyse it for school. Usually im really bad
with poems. But this one was much easier to understand. It made me feel so

Simmi from Canada
Comment 22 of 453, added on December 1st, 2005 at 9:24 PM.

This poem has the slow feeling to it, almost a calming one. If you could
close your eyes and picture where the man is standing, walking.. what would
it look like?.. Very interesting poem, seeing how there are lots of
homeless people in the world, and noone stops to care about what they have
experienced or think!

Nikki from Canada
Comment 21 of 453, added on November 28th, 2005 at 2:35 PM.

i think the title aquainted with the night is ironic to a certain degree.
The reason for this is because the literal meaning of the word aquainted is
when you know something vaguely. When you are aquainted to someone you know
only superficial information about them. I believe Frost meant this to be
ironic because after reading the poem one can note that he knows the night
profoundly, and not just superficially.

Andrea from Brazil
Comment 20 of 453, added on November 16th, 2005 at 8:41 PM.

I can definately relate to this poem.
Frost uses the night to describe our(humanity) troubles we endure." I have
walked out in rain- and back in rain," means the speaker has dealt with
problems and survived them. Frost's repetative use of "I" emphasizes the
loneliness he feels, the solitude with how he must go through this alone.
The "watchman" seems to be a metaphor for God, the person who he is ashamed
to admit his wrong- doings, "and dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain." I
think he might have even contemplated suicide," I have stood still and
stopped the sound of feet" but unsure of it is the right thing to do.
Believing someone might care "and interrupted cry" changes his mind but
realizes again that he is back to where he began, alone in the dark with no
one to help him. No hope. Even the "luminary clock" which is suposed to
give LIGHT to all beneath it to find their way "proclaimed the time was
neither wrong nor right." Again alnoe in the dark,and once more "I have
been one acquainted with the night."
I can relate.

Teresa from United States
Comment 19 of 453, added on October 25th, 2005 at 11:02 PM.

wow... this poem has nothing to do with the adventures of walking. Although
he is literally walking through a city and ultimately away from the city,
this journey is not the point of the poem.

I think he is expressing his lonliness and how he feels friendless and
awkward around people. "aquainted with the night" suggests that the night
is his only true companion in life.

Ok i'm tired so i'll make this quick :
I think the watchman is symbolic of God
I think the luminary clock is a full moon
I think the cry means nothing to his life and is significant only as being
not meant for him.
I think he droops his eyes in the face of the watchman not only because he
is antsocial, but also ashamed at the way his life is.
I think he was depressed when he wrote this... definately...

Will from United States
Comment 18 of 453, added on October 16th, 2005 at 10:46 AM.

Walk and walk often. Walk in the rain and at night. Walk in the day in the
light. Walk, for at least 40 minutes and let your mind drift. Walk for 30
days in a row, maybe 90 - walk like you plan to walk everyday of life. Your
mind will enjoy the adventure.

Patrick from United States
Comment 17 of 453, added on October 7th, 2005 at 10:05 AM.

this poem is neato. i have to analyze it fo school and im all pumped up !!

aunt jamima is one cool catt yooooo ;]


camy from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Comment 16 of 453, added on October 2nd, 2005 at 1:42 PM.

Is this poem actually about Frost and his life, or is he merely giving
another work on the existence of humanity?

Mikal from Brunei Darussalam, Negara
Comment 15 of 453, added on September 29th, 2005 at 7:47 PM.

the ryhme in this poem is a,b,a, b,c,b c,d,c d,a,d a,a
i think this poem is about someone wanting to leave the city the poem is
about lonliness and isolation
When he passes the watchman, he drops his eyes and having no explanation
for it. This could mean he is shy around others or feels awkward around
others.when I stood still it stopped the sound of feet; he was in complete
solitude from the rest of society. poem seems to be talking about how
social the world is. In which this case there is no communication between
him and anyone, just loneliness His only friend is “the luminary clock
against the sky”, luminary clock is the moon but you already know that, it
seems he confides his problems to the night Like you would do with a best

tazdummy from United States
Comment 14 of 453, added on August 25th, 2005 at 9:52 PM.

I wonder why we all tend to analyze poetry so much. Sometimes I find that I
have to just read it as it is and take it at face value. I will say, I
like reading everyone's comments as it gave me new perspectives.

This poem reached me simply because I live in a rough area of the city,
(Right downtown actually) and if I happen to be out walking the dogs I tend
to stay out of the way and keep my head down. I see the homeless and the
girls out on the streets and in the alleys. This poem seems so familiar
right now.

Zanne from Canada

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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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