2004 poem.pdf - Matilde Eckford Types of Sadness 2004 Poem We Grow Accustomed to the Dark by Emily Dickinson and Acquainted with the Night by Robert

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Matilde Eckford Types of Sadness 2004 Poem “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” by Emily Dickinson and “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost both compare night and darkness to a journey. Dickinson’s poem describes the journey of someone who is able to go through hard times and finally reach a sense of accomplishment. Frost’s poem, however, describes someone who feels as if their difficulties will never end. Both “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” by Emily Dickinson and “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost deal with themes of darkness and sadness, however, Dickinson’s poem is able to eventually convey a sense of happiness while Frost’s poem entirely surrounds themes of sadness and isolation. “We Grow Accustomed to the Dark” by Emily Dickinson compares the nighttime to a difficult journey. In her poem, darkness represents a struggle. The syntax of recurring dashes and enjambment adds a sense of staccato to the poem and breaks it up in a manner that makes it more difficult to read. Similarly, when one is in darkness, they may stumble and fall as they struggle to move around. The lines “Those Evenings of the Brain -/ When not a Moon disclose a sign -/Or star - come out,” conveys a sense of isolation and unknowing. Dickinson compares unknowing to an evening in the brain. In the beginning of the journey, things are especially hard and it is difficult to find your footing. Similarly, in the evening, as light turns to dark, it can be difficult to maneuver through the world. In the same vein, Dickinson compares a sense of
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  • Spring '18
  • English, Light, Ap English, Essay, Emily Dickinson, Poem Analysis, Poem Essay, Robert Frost, Debut albums, Stanza, Darkness, We Grow Accustomed To The Dark, Acquainted With The Night

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