The sonnet “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost contains fourteen lines written in iambic pentameter with five stanzas. The poem depicts a first person view of someone battling depression. The speaker warns the reader he is “acquainted with the” (Frost 1) the vicious cycle of the disease. Through his illustration of walking alone at night, the reader see that the sickness is a lonely and dark struggle. As he continues his isolated walk, he passes a “watchman” (Frost 5) or society where he avoids eye contact.
Not even the sole luminary clock against the sky gave him company to light up his steps through the night. The author, narrator, exposes his solitude, his sadness and how he dealt with it by qualifying his state as acquaintance, (l1 -l14: “I have been one acquainted with the
Dickinson and Frost Compare and Contrast essay Bane once said “you think darkness is your ally?” Robert Frost would undoubtedly say no. Both “Acquainted With The Night” by Robert Frost and “We Grow Accustomed To The Dark” by Emily Dickinson applies literary devices to interpret dark or night In a concrete manner. However Frost poem “Acquainted With The Night” uses symbols, point of view, and metaphor to construct a more substantial representation of night.
In the short poems “Traveling through the Dark” by William Stafford and “Woodchuck” by Maxine Kumin we see both authors use diction, imagery, and metaphor. In both poems the author describes the problem the animals represent to the speakers. William Stafford description in “Traveling through the Dark” is one of compassion while Maxine Kumin is one of anger and revenge both authors describe the different relation ships between human and animal.
The flags are “scarlet” and “snowy white,” they have not been dirtied or scarred by battles unlike the men. The way they wave is also different with the way the soldiers are mounted. In the end, it is up to the reader’s discretion to think where the flags are acting an image that unifies, or as a completely different thing from the horses, river, and the soldiers. In Robert Frost’s Acquainted With The Night, he uses symbols and images to set a tone of not only seclusion but also silence and loneliness.
This poem illustrates traits of aspiration. At the beginning of the poem, Dickinson has a darker tone. She discloses that people adjust to the dark. Literally, our eyes adjust to different shades of light, but also figuratively. What she proposes in lines 7-8, where she says “Then - fit our Vision to the Dark / And meet the Road- erect” (7-8), means that the darkness equals the unknown and the road compares to our future.
Through reading Night and viewing Life is Beautiful, it is evident that many parallels exist between the two works. Both stories demonstration of the Holocaust provide the audience with a clear message of the authors intent. In reviewing the works, many similarities also hold contrast, allowing for the distinct voice of each creator to show. While both Night and Life is Beautiful shed light on the relationship between father and son, the presence of 'light in darkness', and the narrator's perspective, each work provides a different execution of these key elements of the story.
Once upon a midnight dreary, a man by the name of Edgar Allan Poe wrote “ The Raven”, a timelessly classic narrative poem that gives a popular image to the term gothic literature. His poem includes elements of suspense, the supernatural, and isolation that give the readers feelings of fear and eeriness, so commonly associated with the modern day horror story. It brings to life the story of a man isolated in his grief to the point of what some consider insanity. The narrator is surprised by an unexpected visitor; a raven. As the poem goes on, the man begins to think of the bird as a message from some omnipotent being that his grief will never end.
As one reads Emily Dickinson’s poems, often times his or her first thought is “Wow! I have no idea what this means!” After reading a variety of her poems, it is clear that various ideas, people, and styles played into her works. Emily Dickinson was a woman of many complex personas—which is most prevalent in the letters she wrote to her sister, Susan. Throughout Dickinson’s works, she speaks of numerous subjects not to identify their meaning, but instead to explore the way these ideas impact life.
“Different Authors write different ways, have different relationships with their audiences, and those are all legitimate”(John Green).Authors Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman who lived and expressed Themselves through Poetry and Writing during the realism era, convey different style characteristics, write in very different ways and connect to their audiences through very different ways. Both authors have very contrasting writing, although both differences and similarities are discovered by such characteristics. The writing of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman shows many similarities and many differences through their backgrounds and themes, and the way both aspects affect their writing.
Dickinson’s stanza in her poem: We grow accustomed to the Dark - When Light is put away - As when the Neighbor holds the Lamp, To witness her Goodbye – (Lines 1-4). This supports how Emily Dickinson’s poem relates to the universal concept by giving us a situation where one must overcome obstacles (their fears). Dickinson explains how the mind influences how we see things. though the mind gets used to the darkness, so too does the mind change its way of seeing other things.
Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman are the most representative and brilliant poets of the nineteenth century and in the American literature in general. However, we can also say that, between them, they have the most different styles of writing they can have, just as well as their lives. For example, as Christenbury (n.d.) stated, firstly that Walt Whitman was someone “[…] who struggled to get his poems published and who developed a broad admiring audience during his lifetime. In contrast, the reclusive Emily Dickinson died unknown to the world of poetry, leaving a box full of unpublished poems”. Nevertheless, we can find some similarities in their lives, for example, both of them lived in a difficult historical period: on the one hand Emily Dickinson, who was born the 10th of December of 1830 and on the other hand, Walt Whitman, who was born the 31st of May of 1819, lived the period of the American civil war.
For example, the text states, “A Moment–We uncertain step, For newness of the night—, Then—fit our Vision to the Dark—, And meet the Road—erect—,” (Dickinson, lines 5-8). This stanza shows that for a moment things are in the dark and everything is unclear. But when adapted to the dark, everything will become transparent again. Although this stanza provides a positive outlook, the previous stanzas are portrayed as depressing and underwhelming. However, the attitude shifts during the last stanza from negative to positive.
The scenery is breathtaking, but the only objects that catch his eyes are the “few weeds and stubble showing last.” (stanza 1); therefore, indicating the narrator’s undesired appreciation for the scenery. The feeling of isolation progresses into stanza 3 with the phrase “And lonely as it is, that loneliness Will be more lonely ere it will be less – A blanket whiteness of benighted snow With no expression, nothing to express.” Stanza 3 expresses the isolation the narrator feels towards nature with a bland description of the snow falling onto the field, conveying emptiness within the narrator, and the mentioning of a scene set in the winter with a landscape; relating to the narrator’s own complex feelings of loneliness.
The poem that stood out the most while reading this assortment of Emily Dickinson poems, was her poem numbered 656/520. This poem used imagery in numerous ways throughout in order to show the audience the important themes and the overall meaning of this work of literature. The poem’s main theme was about a walk on the beach that the poet encountered in the early morning. Although the poem is about a beach it can also give the audience contextual clues into other aspects of life.