The solitude of a rainy nighttime walk invokes thoughts of sadness and isolation, in Robert Frost’s poem “Acquainted with the Night.” A short narrative poem has the speaker describing a lonely walk during the nighttime hours in a city setting. The poem is very dark in many aspects, the mood, the night, and the visual and audible observations of the walker. There are thoughts and feelings of loneliness and despair, when reading this poem. The impression of the poem is one of a lost soul who has had a possible tragic event in his life or is living unsatisfactory life. The walk in the night and its surroundings are reflections on his solitary soul.
The style of the poem is a sonnet; the language used in the poem is clear and simple. The poet Frost tells a story in easy to read form. There is repetition throughout the poem. For example; “”I have been”, I have walked out in rain,” I have out walked””, (Frost 1-2-3). There is a comparison within the poem, a night watchman (the only person mentioned) in the poem and the walker. Frost draws the comparison of them both being alone at night, with the night watchman one walking with purpose, whereas the walker’s purpose is not defined.
The mood of the poem is one of brooding and sorrow, along with loneliness from stance 2, line 1“I have looked down the saddest city lane” (Frost 4). The mood of sorrow reflected in the poem by the previous line could be a visual description of closed up shops or rundown buildings looking worse for wear in the nighttime, deserted, and empty; it must be bad as it is not just sad but described as saddest. No mention of persons around the city lane, which adds to the solitude and emptiness of the night. The brooding by the speaker gives way to melancholy, as he reflects on the “saddest city lane” (Frost 4) and gives the impression that the he has seen many lanes, but this one being the saddest. Situations observed by the speaker possibly reflect a past filled with unhappy moments and experiences.
The tone of the poem is somber, the mentions of rain, bring feelings of sadness, the start of the poem and the ending of the poem are identical stance 1 line 1, stance 5, line 2 “I have been one acquainted with the night” (Frost1,14). The lines give the understanding that the speaker is use to walking in the rain at night; perhaps this is not the first time doing so. The speaker gives no judgment of walking in the rain whether he likes or dislikes it or if it brings him any emotion except that it is an activity of solitude. The speaker could be walking home from a work place, as maybe there is no means of transportation so the only option is to walk. The nighttime walk is dark, cold, and raining, giving the impression of being miserable and uncomfortable, and one can only guess that the speaker must...