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Rhyme Scheme Symbolism and Tone in Robert Frosts Acquainted with the Night Robert Frost is known as the most famous twentieth-century New England poet The sonnet Acquainted with the Night has drawn more commentary and analysis than any other poems The extraordinary rhythmical arrangement and word choice of the sonnet sets the reader in an inescapable mood The symbolism comprised is also an essential element in Acquainted with the Night The charm of this poem largely depends on the slight heightening of tone which portrays the essence of mans existence in his lonely human state Collectively the rhyme scheme symbolism and tone of the speaker make up the poetic form The poems pattern is written in a uniquely unusual and exceptional sonnet form Acquainted with the Night adopts the even more rigid form of the Italian triple terza rima rhyme form Isaacs 105 Maxson 72 John Robert Doyle Jr discusses the rigid relationship between stanza and sentence pattern He points out that I have sentences appear three times in stanza one twice in stanza two once in stanza three and no times in stanza four Sentences that do not start with I have appear in the opposite order qtd in Maxson 72 The five I have clauses are described as details of a man of sorrow acquainted with grief Isaacs 106 The present perfect tense of I have strongly implies that the persona continues ever after the poem to engage in this process of reflecting upon himself and his spiritual potential This repetition both stresses the main idea of the poem and pulls the whole poem together Also some critiques see I as an implication of Everyman Isaacs 105 Murray par 3 According to Robert Pack the I is locked into an obsessive I of self-consciousness Pack 16 The images in Acquainted with the Night lead to the poems symbolic meaning Unwilling and perhaps unable to explain explicitly what the
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