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Then, by the last line, we get a different and more complete meaning of what it means to be acquainted with the night, and can imagine the entire scene of the poem - the rain, the city, the moon - when we glance back at the title. Now, instead of thinking that the title is just a cool sounding phrase, we know what it means, and can connect it to both the meaning of the poem and our own acquaintances with the night. Form and Meter This poem is written in terza rima, a form first used by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri in The Divine Comedy.
Perhaps the speaker is no longer acquainted with the night. The repetition of this phrase suggests that this poem takes place on not just one, but many nights. Also, the entire poem centers on a period of time - night time. The repetition of this line emphasizes the importance of the night. Quote: I have walked out in rain - and back in rain. (2) Thought: Though this line doesn't mention time specifically, it's an example of the repetition of the verb tense. This time the narrator has actually done something - walked - not just been something.
In a city like this, on a night like this, we'd want to stop for a moment and look up to the sky. But we'd be sure not to linger too long; the watchman, or worse, could be around the corner, past the farthest light. Calling Card Even though Frost doesn't stick to one poetic form, his poems always pay close attention to rhythm and rhyme. He doesn't always use end rhymes, but his lines are full of interesting sounds. There's usually a connection between what the poem is about and what form Frost chooses to use.
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