Robert Frost Alienation

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Instances of Alienation in Frost's Out, Wall, and Night
A Discussion of Alienation in Robert Frost’s Night, Out, and Wall Robert Frost was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, and blessed humanity with a slew of intricate poems with thick meanings and enticing stories. To this day, Frost’s poetry continues to be widely studied and interpreted by people all over the world. His poetry depicts dark themes of loneliness and alienation with deep, influential meanings. For example, Sarah Hart explains, “The speaker projects his own loneliness onto the snowy landscape, claiming he is ‘too absent-spirited to count’”. Sarah is drawing this inference from Frost’s Desert Places, which is seemingly one of his most impactful poems when it comes to “loneliness” or “alienation”. Also written by Frost, are three more poems that depict alienation values: Acquainted with the Night, Out, Out-, and Mending Wall. These three poems, and most importantly Mending Wall, sparked controversy during Frosts time, and sparked the interest of readers around the globe. Within Night, Wall and Out, there are themes of alienation that can be derived. Within the poem Acquainted with the Night, It is clear that the speaker has alienated himself from society. The speaker states, “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”(lines 1-3). The speaker is obvious in his explanation in the fact that he has an
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