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Acquainted With the Night by Robert Frost


"Acquainted With the Night" is a poem written by Robert Frost. This poem is about how the author is out at night quite often, even in rain. This poem could actually be about other things, like walking through "dark times". However, with Frost, we never can tell!

This poem is written as four stanzas and is written in iambic-pentameter and in fourteen lines. Therefore, it is actually a sonnet. The rhyme scheme is ABABAB-CDC-EFE-FF. Therefore, this is actually a Shakespearean Sonnet.


Acquainted With the Night

I have been one acquainted with the night.
I have walked out in rain - and back in rain.
I have outwalked the furthest city light.
I have looked down the saddest city lane.
I have passed by the watchman on his beat
And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet
When far away an interrupted cry
Came over houses from another street,

But not to call me back or say good-bye;
And further still at an unearthly height,
O luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night. 

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Nature, Darkness, Night

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