Analyzing Robert Frost's Acquainted With The Night

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Abstract: This paper aims to analyze Robert Frost’s poem Acquainted with the night from the perspective of stylistic analysis which is being made under certain patterns like syntax, grammar, phonology and graphology. An analysis on the structure, style and theme will also be done. Keywords: stylistics, syntax, acquaint, graphology, phonology, style Stylistics is a branch of applied linguistics that is concerned with the study of styles and devices in a language which are considered to produce an expressive literary style. In A Dictionary of Stylistics, Katie Wales said, “The goal of most stylistics is not simply to describe the formal features of texts for their own sake but in order to show their interpretation of the text, or in order to relate literary effects to…show more content…
Personification: a figure of speech in which human characteristics are attributed to non-living thing; ‘saddest city lane’. Imagery: A figure a speech that appeals to five senses. In this poem, visual and auditory imagery have been used; ‘furthest city light’, ‘luminary clock against the sky’, ‘sound of the feet’. ‘interrupted cry.’ Diction: The selection of the words for a poem may vary from formal, semi-formal to informal or may be ornate or technical etc. Robert Frost used simple and clear language, and he used many monosyllabic words. Tone: The tone of the poem is melancholic filled with depression longing and loneliness and emphasis is being made on sad feelings. Acquainted with the Night is subjective and personal poem; the use of words like ‘walked out in rain’ adds to the melancholic tone. Throughout the poem same tone has been maintained. In third stanza, there seems to be a ray of hope of someone calling out for the poet but in next stanza that hope also dies and again a tone of sadness id maintained till the last

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