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BC: By: Hannah Hughes

FC: Robert Frost | Acquainted with the Night

1: Robert Frost | Born: San Fransisco March 26th, 1874.

2: BY: Robert Frost | I have been one acquainted with the night. I have walked out in the 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. | "Acquainted with the Night"

4: Frost moved to New England in 1885 at the age of 11. | While in high school, he developed an interest in poetry. | This was almost expected because both parents were teachers so Frost grew up around many books.

5: After his father's death, Frost was surrounded by works of literature by Shakespeare. He also read many poems by Robert Burns and William Wordsworth.These great authors were inspirations for Frost as well as his love of nature.

6: After attending Lawrence High School, Frost went on to attend Dartmouth College in 1892. | Frost did work many jobs, but he continued to write poetry during each. | Frost did not like college. He wanted a real job so he began teaching and working at a mill.

7: Robert Frost became a published poet in 1894 with "My Butterfly: An Elegy." | He married his high school sweetheart, Elinor White in 1895. Together they had six children. | In 1897, Frost entered Harvard University but left two years later due to sickness. | Robert and Elinor Frost.

8: Other Published works: | Frost wrote over 100 poems including: | "A Cliff Dwelling" "A Patch of Old Snow" "Come In" "Desert Places" "Into my Own" "Love and a Question" "The Flower Boat" "The Road not Taken"

10: 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. | Stanza 1 | I have walked many times down this road in various weather conditions. I have walked for miles and miles.

11: Stanza 2 | I have looked down the saddest city lane. I have passed by the watchman on his beat And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain. | The watchman I have passed stays on this sad lane. I look at him, but I can't explain why I am walking. I don't even know myself.

12: I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet When far away an interrupted cry Came over houses from another street, | Stanza 3 | The only sound around me was the sound of my own feet. All of the sudden a loud cry was made from far away.

13: But not to call me back or say good-bye; And further still at an unearthly height, O luminary clock against the sky | Stanza 4 | This cry was not meant for me since it is unusual for me to be out on this walk so late at night. But still, the clock shows the time no matter how late.

14: Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right. I have been one acquainted with the night. | Stanza 6

15: The clock showed a time that did not make sense to me. I was not sure that the time was actually correct. I have walked many times and know these streets extremely well.

16: Theme | Loneliness is not as amazing as some people imagine. Some people constantly wish for loneliness but once they have it, they beg for acquaintances. For Frost his acquaintance is the night.

17: Speaker and Tone | Frost is the speaker. | The poem is written in first person. | The poem is somber and lonely.

18: Form | "Acquainted with the Night" is a literary poem.

19: Alliteration: | Frost includes in the 3rd stanza with "I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet.

20: Frost includes a continuous anaphora with "I have..." | Anaphora:

21: Syntax: | Frost uses very simple sentences at the beginning, but then adds more complex sentences.

22: Diction: | Frost chooses his words carefully to fit a rhyme scheme and a deep meaning.

23: Imagery: | Frost portrays the image of him walking down a street sad and lonely.

24: "Acquainted with the Night" is similar to Brave New World.

25: Frost's loneliness is comparable to Bernard's loneliness and his longing to be accepted. | Brave New World

26: Robert Frost passed away on January 29th, 1963.

27: Works Cited. "Robert Frost." Poets.org.The Accademy of American Poets. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. "Robert Frost." Poetryfoundation.org. Poetry Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. "Modern American Poetry A Robert Frost Exhibit." english.illinois.edu. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. "Robert Frost." online-literature.com. The Literature Network, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2012. McGill, Bryant. "Poems by Robert Frost." bryantmcgill.com. Bryant McGill, n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2012.

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