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Acquainted With The Night
(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.

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This remains my favourite poem by Robert Frost.
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.
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'.
I am glad you enjoyed
I have just discovered him, his poetry is fabulous and so relatable