It could be frosts own inner world that is being

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The night could well be a metaphor for depression, despair and loneliness.It could be Frost's own inner world that is being expressed but the language used means that this could be anyonewho has ever existed and gone through challenging times.Dante used the terza rimaform for The Divine Comedy, and Frost's poem echoes the descent into a dark place where time has no meaning and words are useless. Depression is like this for many people - it comes without reason and cannot be understood by those who have never experienced it.In this kind of world identity goes through a crisis. There may be guilt, there may be a sense of hopelessness, a sense that some kind of threshold has to be gone through to regain confidence and light.When the speaker comes across another human, the watchman, there is no eye contact but a turning away, a sign of shyness, guilt and lack of self-esteem.There is something inside which needs to come out - perhaps it won't ever manifest - buried deep in the heart and soul. A second reading could indicate the watchman turning him away, perhaps it is because he is a social pariah, or outcast, and no one takes the time to be his friend. The isolation continues, becoming more cold and cruel and distant. A cry has no effect; the speaker knows it will have no connection with his life.This individual is friendless, perhaps homeless and almost hopeless.And who can judge this individual? Time cannot judge, the moon set high in the sky declares this. Nature is indifferent, as is time. The speaker accepts that darkness is part of the human condition. It has to be faced alone.Stanza one In the first line of his poem, which can be read in full here, Frost writes, “I have been one acquainted with the night.” First, the verb phrase have beenmust be dissected. It can be argued that if one has been acquainted with someone, one is no longer acquainted. On the other hand, it can also be argued that Frost is merely making a declaration to begin his poem: he is one who knows the night. The word night also conjures several different connotations: it

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