Friday, November 07, 2014

Poetry Friday - Acquainted with the Night

Last week for Halloween I was persuaded to post the rap from the song Thriller. What I really wanted to post was this.

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.

Read the poem in its entirety.

I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Diane at Random Noodling. Happy poetry Friday friends!


  1. *snort* There's poetry peer pressure, Tricia!?
    Well, I'm glad you got to post what you wanted today; I LOVE this one, and should probably work on memorizing it, since it's a quick one.

  2. I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.
    I have outwalked the furthest city light.

    Everything about this poem makes me cold and lonely--from the rain to the clock high above.

  3. Like Diane, I feel the isolation and loneliness in this poem. Although the insomniac in me also recognizes that there is that late night sense of careful rumination ,too. That part I do enjoy!

  4. My favorite lines:

    And further still at an unearthly height,
    One luminary clock against the sky
    Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

    I love the idea of time being neither wrong nor right, but just what is is.

  5. The early afternoon darkness that the time change brings makes this feel like a very NOVEMBERY poem. Lots of friends have lost parents or loved ones recently. They are walking in darkness and are acquainted with the night. I'll set out a candle for them.