Analysis of Acquainted with the Night and Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

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In a Dark Night, I Find My Answers. The two poems “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Acquainted with the Night” written by Robert Frost are very similar to each other because of the simplistic form of language used and the uses of metaphors. When we first read the poem, it looks like an ordinary poem but once we go in depth and understand the meaning, it becomes so much more. Both of the poem has a very dark, gloomy and lonely setting with a really mysterious tone. There are different metaphors used in each poem to symbolize death; “Sleep” in “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Night” in “Acquainted with the Night.” The characters in the two poem are both in a journey and has come
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“I have walked out in rain -- and back in rain.” from “Acquainted with the Night” shows the depression of the character because most of us relate to rain as an emotional moment and makes us feel vulnerable. When it rains, the whole atmosphere becomes very gloomy and sad, and the author is trying to express the characters sadness.

The character in “Stopping by Woods in a Snowy Evening” is a very old fashioned person because he is with a horse and rides his horse through the woods. “My little horse must think it queer. To stop without a farmhouse near - Between the woods and frozen lake” shows how even his horse is surprised to be stopping in the middle of the woods where there is no livelihood. It is very unusual even for the horse to stop at this hour of the night because they should be trying to get home as soon as possible since it is already dark. “He gives his harness bells a shake. To ask if there is some mistake.” express how the horse is also very attentive about what is going on around him and his master’s unusual behavior. The horse tries to confirm with the character whether or not they have stopped in the right place.

“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,” from “Acquainted With the Night” shows that the character is looking for a sign for him to look back but it was not
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