Isolation In Acquainted With The Night, By Robert Frost

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Isolation in “Acquainted with the Night”, by Robert Frost

Robert Frost was indeed one of the most important and influential writers in the history of American Literature. His unique style and incredible use of imageries give his readers a deep understanding of his works. In his poem, “Acquainted with the Night”, by using a smooth and static rhythm, bleak and dreary imageries, unique diction, and well-thought syntax of sentences, Frost conveys a feeling of lonesome and isolation.

The poem’s beat is very calm and is in perfect iambic pentameter, which creates a nice and easy flow throughout the poem, giving the reader a sense of solitude. The rhyming scheme of the poem is in a form called a terza rhima, a rhyming effect usually achieved with extreme difficulty, but Frost did it with sheer genius, allowing the reader to more easily read the poem by identifying one line with another. This arrangement of rhymes further emphasizes the peaceful sound of the poem. In line ten, the author changes the spelling of the word goodbye to “good-by”, reasons being that one, to rhyme with the latter line, two to highlight the syllable “by”, which is a stressed sound of this line. By emphasizing this word, Frost again indicate the situation of being left alone, being discarded into the dark city, whether it is by a person, or by society.

Frost’s use of vivid imageries expresses his feeling of puzzlement, lonesomeness, and isolation. In line two, by using the indication of rain, it gives the reader a feel of the bleak, dark environment. Lines such as “I have walked the furthest city light” and “I have looked down the saddest city lane” give the reader a vivid image of the endless dark avenue, the dying streetlight, and the lonely walk in an unfamiliar town (3,4). By presenting the night watchman, the reader can connect him with the character of the night watchman, who stands as the symbol of seclusion. Later on in the poem, he leads the readers to imagine not only an image, but also a sound, “When far away an interrupted cry.” This sound further emphasizes the situation he is in, when the author states, “But not to call me back or say good-by,” which...

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