Acquainted with the Night- Robert Frost

frosty night

In celebration of National Poetry Month, I’m going to try to post some poems that have struck a chord in me as both a reader of poetry and as a poet. This piece is more classically beautiful as it’s by Frost but it has always spoke to me. I wish that it was assigned more in some of my courses because it is so beautifully filled with imagery.

I hope you enjoy!

Acquainted with the Night
by Robert Frost

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,
One 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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