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where can i find information on a poem by Robert Frost???

i am working on a research paper on robert frost poem "acquainted with the night". i have been searching the web for hours & only came up with frost's biographical info. or the poem it's self. i need info. on this poem, like when it was wrote, story behind him writing it & stuff like that. dose anyone have a clue where i can get this info.?? thank you for your help.:)

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no, i already have the poem! i need stuff about when it was wrote, it's meaning, ect.:)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Uh, library research area?

    Acquainted With the Night

    Acquainted With the Night is a poem by Robert Frost, published in 1928 in his collection West-Running Brook.

    Acquainted With the Night also inspired a non-fiction book written by Christopher Dewdney.

    Poem

    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.

    Explanation and interpretations

    A popular explanation of this poem is that it describes loneliness in an urban setting and provides examples of its effects (isolation, sadness, insomnia). The loneliness is underlined by different effects, notably by the stress on the pronoun "I" in the first five lines, by the awkward formulation of the first line whose result is to underline the word "one", and by a description of a cry in the night whose main effect as felt (line 10) by the narrator is to underline his isolation.

    The poem is written in the form of a terza rima, that is, where rhymes follow this complex scheme: aba bcb cdc dad aa (with an ending rhyme in "a" again). Also the beat of the poem is in perfect iambic pentameter: each line has ten beats, evoking a walk in the city.

    I personally believe that the speaker is Robert Frost himself. He compares himself to the moon who is acqainted with the night. The night could be his love, or a mistress kept in the dark. Hence the metaphor of being night. The sun could be truth that shines on them and clears away the night, and the watchman can be the people of the Earth who see the truth and do not accept Frost for what he has done. It may or may not be Frost. The poem may be told by another man as Robert Frost may have witnessed in his life.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    The Bearer of Evil Tidings The bearer of evil tidings, When he was halfway there, Remembered that evil tidings Were a dangerous thing to bear. So when he came to the parting Where one road led to the throne And one went off to the mountains And into the wild unknown, He took the one to the mountains. He ran through the Vale of Cashmere, He ran through the rhodendrons, Till he came to the land of Pamir. And there in a precipice valley A girl of his age he met Took him home to her bower Or he might be running yet. She taught him the tribe's religion: How, ages and ages since, A princess en route from China To marry a Persian prince Had been found with child; and her army Had come to a troubled halt. And though a god was the father And nobody else was at fault, It had seemed discreet to remain there And neither go on nor go back. So they stayed and declared a village There in the land of the Yak. And the child that came of the princess Established a royal line, And his mandates were given heed to Because he was born divine. And that was why there were people On one Himalayan shelf: And the bearer of evil tidings Decided to stay there himself. At least he had this in common With the race he chose to adopt: They had both of them had their reasons For stopping where they had stopped. As for his evil tidings, Belshazzar's overthrow, Why hurry to tell Belshazzar What soon enough he would know?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Talk with a professor of English Lit, who should be able to suggest a source or two to consult for the info.

    It would be refreshing if people would realize that Google is not the answer to every question. There is much misinformation and a great deal of superficial information there. Books are still the best source of learning.

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  • DR W
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    1 decade ago

    Acquainted with the Night, published in 1928, explores a man's isolation from society and blackness of spirit.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you can look up the information for the poem on the internet or you can go to the libary closest to u and look for a poem book the has that certain poem in it

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You can go to the libary or something, or just go to ask.com and try to find info. about his poems!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Gee, this was the first hit...

    http://www.eliteskills.com/c/13225

    EDIT: So, I'm guessing from your additional info that you wanted us to do your homework for you?

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  • 1 decade ago

    how did you even hear of it then?

    tell your teacher of this problem and how you want to change it to something that is at least accessible.

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