Robert Frost on surviving the night

I was looking for inspirational poems and came upon this one —Acquainted With the Night — by the American poet Robert Frost. Frost  experienced his share of heartache and depression during his  life.  Some scholars say this poem alludes to feelings of shame.

I know, I know — you’re wondering where the inspiration comes in.  Actually, you can find it in  his other poems  — like the well-known The Road Not Taken .  The fact that Frost could write both is, I think, a triumph over his experience of the “night.”

It can be done.


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.

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,
A luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.
I have been one acquainted with the night.

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