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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Today's Poem.... Robert Frost

I love all the variations of the types of poems that have been written through the ages; from sonnets to free verse, from haiku to poems that take a certain from, like the triolet. I experimented with a form a few years ago that I labeled "acrecentar", with 6 stanzas...each a line longer than the last. Here's a particularly interesting form called the "terza rima", consisting of the body in 3 line parts, or tercets, with a couplet at the end.

From an American master, Robert Frost:

Acquainted with the Night

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

I have looked down the saddest city lane.

I have passed by the watchman on his beat

And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain.

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-by;

and further still at an unearthly height

One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong nor right.

I have been one acquainted with the night.


Marion said...

This is one of my favorites of Frost's poems that I have memorized. It comes to my mind when I'm out late on summer nights and he just plain rocks this form, doesn't he? Love & Blessings, my friend. xoxo

Kelly said...

I've never seen this one before and I love it! I can visualize it all as I read it. I like that in a poem!

Anonymous said...


Frost's poem is sublime.

Of all the poetry which
you shared during the past days
I have a soft spot for:

Brolgablue's beautiful poem.

Marge Piercy's remarkable and
bold "Colors Passing Through Us".

Maya Stein's powerful poem.

Matthew Dickman's excellent poem.

As well as that I appreciate how
you combine all of the poetry which
you share here on your blog with
evocative and fitting pictures.