Close Reading - Elyse Walp February 7, 2008 Intro to Poetry...

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Elyse Walp February 7, 2008 Intro to Poetry Professor Fernando Close Reading #3 Robert Frost’s “Acquainted with the Night” has a very distinct tone. The word ‘night’ itself has very strong connotations. A reader relates ‘night’ to darkness, mystery, questions, and uncertainty. “Acquainted” also creates a very distinct feeling in the poem. When someone is acquainted with something they are not especially familiar with it. “Acquainted” suggests an awareness but not necessarily a full recognition or appreciation. The speaker seems to be distancing himself from the night. It is one of the most wonderful attributes of poetry: how a single word can carry so much weight and create so much thought. Starting a poem off with two such word choices makes it clear that Frost is setting the scene for a more solemn piece of writing. Darkness can be interpreted both literally and figuratively. Darkness can be attributed to a character’s personality, a situation, or a scene, and Frost seems to apply it freely to all three.
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