Sunday, July 7, 2013

Acquainted with the Night -- Robert Frost

The internet has a lot to answer for, including the unfortunate promulgation of poetry "analyses." Contrary to what you might have learned in high school English class, poems aren't written to be analyzed.

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,
A 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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