Robert Frost

(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963 / San Francisco)

Acquainted With The Night

Poem 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,
One luminary clock against the sky

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

Form: Terza Rima


Comments about Acquainted With The Night by Robert Frost

  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (5/25/2020 10:21:00 PM)

    This remains my favourite poem by Robert Frost.(Report)Reply

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  • Norene Katherine Rootare (9/23/2019 10:41:00 PM)

    I Have Been One Acquainted With The Night is one of Robert Frost's lesser known poems. It was recited by Actor Perlman in the television series, Beauty and the Beast with an accompanying video showing the man/ beast walking down a city street late at night...... lamplight glowing in the dark with footsteps heard far back.... then stopping.....
    .Very memorable.(Report)Reply

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (7/29/2019 7:55:00 PM)

    A terza rima sonnet which greatly appeals to me, because of the night and the word 'acquainted, . This is Frost's best shorter poem, I think. he walked so far in the rain, away from the city, then back again to observe the city lanes and streets.
    He saw one lighted clock, which 'Proclaimed the time was neither right nor wrong/ I have been one acquainted with the night'.(Report)Reply

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  • Robert Frost (7/1/2019 6:54:00 PM)

    I am glad you enjoyed(Report)Reply

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  • Annie (5/4/2019 7:57:00 AM)

    I have just discovered him, his poetry is fabulous and so relatable(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (4/3/2019 7:54:00 AM)

    Mr. Frost, a poet of legend wrote a amazing poem for the night.(Report)Reply

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  • George (7/10/2018 5:55:00 PM)

    Terza rima, yes- but how is it not also a sonnet (albeit a bit irregular) ?(Report)Reply

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  • George Lastrapes (7/10/2018 5:52:00 PM)

    Terza rima, yes- but how is it not also a sonnet?(Report)Reply

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  • Alexis (7/1/2018 5:44:00 PM)

    I always feel this poem is over analysed. I have always enjoyed night walks particularly in Autumn. I like to see the world settling down for the night. Some people leave their curtains open so you have a quick glimpse in to their lives as you pass by. Others shut out the world. I just feel it's a poem of freedom. There is no need to explain to anyone why you are walking alone at night. I find it uplifting.(Report)Reply

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  • Britte NinadBritte Ninad (5/17/2018 5:30:00 AM)

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

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  • Your Pap Pap (4/30/2018 9:01:00 AM)

    oooooooooh yeah baby!(Report)Reply

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  • ur mum (3/13/2018 7:59:00 AM)

    this is so trashhhhhhhhhhhh(Report)Reply

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  • Zoila T. FloresZoila T. Flores (7/12/2017 9:33:00 AM)

    The Night, is one of my favorite topics to write about. Zoila T. Flores(Report)Reply

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  • Levi HamlinLevi Hamlin (7/5/2017 9:59:00 AM)

    Referring to the line about the watchman...
    As I read for the first few times, I pictured the watchman as his father.
    I have been in this very same situation where I have returned home late at night to an upset father, mother, guardian when I was out past curfew and dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.
    I then researched a little and found out this poem wasn't published until Frost was around 53 years old!
    As much as I currently feel a personal connection with this poem now, I can't wait to revisit it when I am older. (currently 24 y/o) . What do you all think? ?(Report)Reply

    Norene Katherine Rootare(9/23/2019 11:24:00 PM)

    This poem has no age definition. You can visit it anytime. Of course, like all experiences in life, the meaning of the written word becomes more poignant and more understandable the older you get.

    Mari E(6/11/2019 8:14:00 AM)

    Maybe mortality or the world that doesn't always understand the melancholic, who goes out to walk at night.

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  • Alpeshkumar Natubhai MakvanaAlpeshkumar Natubhai Makvana (4/22/2017 6:09:00 AM)

    Amazed by the serenity of Time.(Report)Reply

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  • Richard Wlodarski (7/26/2016 2:37:00 AM)

    Delves deeply into the depths of loneliness aloneness despair. Yet, at the end of the dark tunnel, there is always light.(Report)Reply

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  • C S Sunandana (4/13/2016 1:45:00 AM)

    Just consider the two lines
    One luminary clock against the sky

    Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

    All physics all philosophy neatly paraphrased!(Report)Reply

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  • C S Sunandana (4/13/2016 1:40:00 AM)

    A wowing poem by Frost: Just consider the two lines
    One luminary clock against the sky

    Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

    Can one say a word more about the nature of time?

    All physics all philosopy summarised!(Report)Reply

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  • Woru SulymanWoru Sulyman (4/11/2016 10:56:00 AM)

    lovely poem...deep with meaning.(Report)Reply

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  • Abderrahmane DakirAbderrahmane Dakir (2/19/2016 7:54:00 AM)

    Nice poem between the time in place and when we say good-bye.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, December 28, 2015