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The Darkness of being Acquainted with the Night When reading poetry such as Robert Frosts Acquainted with the night one must give special attention to the aspects associated within it in order to gain a better understanding of the poems content More specifically the aspects of tone voice language setting and form which shape the readers perception and feelings toward the poem In these aspects Frost adds an unusual dimension to his lyric poem Acquainted with the night aspects that convey lament guilt and confusion all related to a terrifying sense of personal loss Frost was a folk philosopher concerned mainly with philosophical problems in an experimental manner Many of his poems deal with lonely wanderings and melancholic views on such things as existence and the reasons for his problematic life being constantly between affirmation and negationBarry 1973 His experimentations were primarily in tone and voice Frost ranged in tone from the lyric to the narrative from the dramatic to the meditative and Acquainted with the Night is no exception to this experimentation Barry 1973 Acquainted with the Night is in fact a lyric poem directly portraying the authors emotions concerning a specific event in his life Although it is not clearly stated in his poem the subject of Acquainted with the Night deals with the grievances confusion and guilt most likely found in the death of a loved one Frost is well known for extending the subject matter of lyric poetry as well as bringing extraordinary sophistication and originalityBarry 1973 Frosts poem Acquainted with the night is constructed of four stanzas the first three being tercets and the fourth and final being a quatrain above all it contains fourteen lines all of similar length The rhyme scheme of the first tercet is ABA the second BCB and the third being CDC while the quatrain contains a DADAA rhyme scheme
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