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The sense of homelessness in Acquainted With the Night Frosts quintessential dramatic lyric of homelessness becomes acute when the speaker is granted his wish and the full burden of loneliness descends upon him When the interrupted cry breaks over the roofs from another street he stops his feet but it is a cry that concerns him not at all--no one calls him home And when his glimpse at the clock tower or perhaps it is the moon suggests to him the indifference of time--it neither guides nor judges his journey it just flows on inexorably--his homelessness begins to reveal its cosmological dimension The cruel irony of his acquaintance with the night surfaces when the poem circles back to repeat its opening line which now begins to implicate the real state of the human condition with the state of darkness itself--they are reciprocally complementary--and the state of darkness begins to figure living without enclosure with man on the outside and all the windows of the universe darkened Acquainted With the Night speaks to the confrontation with nothingness to what Wallace Stevens called the experience of annihilation It was God who died Stevens wrote and we share in that death because we are left feeling dispossessed and alone in a solitude like children without parents in a home that seemed deserted in which the amical rooms and halls had taken on a look of hardness and emptiness The furthest range of Frosts poem merges with Stevenss meditation on the feeling of metaphysical homelessness With all chances gone for a harmonized relation of self and nature the only enclosure possible is the one which the self can make and impose on an inhospitable universe The image of self that we are left with in Acquainted With the Night is an image of frozen will of feet stopped with darkness all around and no constructive act forthcoming
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