Depression In Robert Frost's Acquainted With The Night

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Psychologist Albert Ellis, after years of intensive research on the human mind and its wellbeing, had this to say about the conundrum of depression: “You largely constructed your depression. It wasn’t given to you. Therefore, you can deconstruct it.” Robert Frost begs to differ. In his poem “Acquainted with the Night”, Frost asserts that depression is much more than a mental mindset, but a physical ailment as well. A chemical imbalance, that is, that cannot be cured by strained musings of “it gets better” and “others have it worse” by concerned loved ones. While these colloquial expressions may contain a bit of truth in them, they are by no means a “cure all” for the staggering effects of mental illness. In other words, they are “neither wrong
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