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Through stylistic devices poets are often able to add layers of meaning to short and seemingly cryptic stanzas It is a poets responsibility to know how he wants to affect the reader and which stylistic devices he must use to achieve his goal Acclaimed New England poet Robert Frost wrote hundreds of poems in his lifetime His poem Acquainted with the Night focuses on Frosts depression and loneliness through a depiction of a late night journey In this poem Frost makes use of title imagery and diction to induce senses of meaning and mystery Unlike some artists who are reluctant to place significant titles on their pieces Frost names this poem in such a way that the reader is drawn in by the titles sound and enigmatic meanings The title Acquainted with the Night also functions as a metric line evoking a heartbeat a familiar rhythm that offers comfort Audibly pleasing and very memorable the title draws the reader into the poems underlying themes Additionally the title immediately associates this poem with darkness and loneliness the poem can be interpreted to be about depression Frosts use of night in the title can be seen as a metaphor for the emotional darkness that permeates the atmosphere of the poem The inclusion of acquainted is also very clever suggesting the narrator is familiar with the nights company Imagery plays a significant role in the development of Frosts concepts of the human condition Almost every line in the poem contains a phrase that immediately provides the reader with a moment or experience to which he can relate When Frost writes I passed the watchman on his beat and dropped my eyes unwilling to explain he presents an image from daily life that many people find familiar This scene depicts isolation The narrator walking alone passes another person but is ultimately unwilling or unable to communicate The reader may immediately recognize a time when he too preferred the
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