Acquainted With the Night by Robert Frost looks short and simplistic, although in this poem, he uses imagery, metaphors, and symbolism to convey what actually is not as depressing as it seems from a first read.
Robert Frost uses simplistic- although vivid- imagery to describe the feeling to walk through the city at night. He describes the sound of the scream, neither calling him nor saying goodbye, one can almost picture raindrops on their skin as he speaks of walking back and forth in the rain, describes looking down the saddest city lane, and passing the night watchman on his nightly beat.
In addition to the imagery, he also uses metaphors to discuss the clock against the sky, the clock is a metaphor for the moon, the saddest lane is representative of sorrow, and the cry is representative of sorrow, as well. Frost describes the city in a sad and lonely tone, a city in which you would not want to walk late in the evening. Frost uses all these to give the night a surreal quality.
The poem "Acquainted with the Night" is symbolic of Frosts acquaintance with sorrow. Although he and sorrow are not more than acquainted, he still accepts that sorrow exists instead of pushing the thought of sorrow aside and ignoring that sorrow is a fact of life; something someone who walks only at daytime would do. Frost seems to try not to ignore elements that drive most men mad and accepts them.
Robert Frost uses simplistic- although affective- words to make a solid statement. The piece is short but it includes vivid imagery and effective metaphors and has an underlying symbolism that isn't that hard to detect.