Acquainted with the Night

Robert Frost 1874 (San Francisco) – 1963 (Boston)



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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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on May 01, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme Aba bcb cdc dad aA
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 581
Words 112
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 3, 3, 3, 3, 2

Robert Frost

Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech. more…

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