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Please discuss Robert Frost's theme of loneliness throughout his poetry. Please discuss Robert Frost's theme of loneliness throughout his poetry.

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It is amazing the way in which loneliness occurs as a definite theme in so many of Frost's poems. My own personal favourite is "Acquainted with the Night," as mentioned above, in which the speaker finds that nature eerily echoes his own sense of inner-desolation and loneliness. Likewise there are a number of poems which may not necessarily be about loneliness but nonetheless feature a speaker being by himself in the middle of nature, such as "The Road Not Taken." This seems to indicate to me that loneliness was always a theme, if not explicit, in the work of Robert Frost.

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Many of Frost's poems convey a sense of loneliness, emptiness, alienation, and isolation.  "Acquainted with the Night" is just such a poem.  The speaker of this poem is walking out past the city lights on a rainy night.  He hears nothing but the sound of his own feet, engulfed as he is by the silence of the darkness.  When he passes the watchman, he lowers his eyes, and wehn he hears another human cry of suffering,...

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