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Line 2 I have walked out in rain - and back in rain. The speaker has walked out and back - to and from home, or wherever he was - in the rain, and as we know from the first line, at night. This doesn't sound like very much fun. Instead of just saying he's walked out and back in rain, the speaker repeats the phrase "in rain" twice. This repetition makes us really feel how miserable walking around in the rain at night is. Line 3 I have outwalked the furthest city light. Here, the speaker tells us that he's walked past the furthest city light.
Quote: I have outwalked the furthest city light (3) Thought: So now that we've seen the emotional isolation of being acquainted with the night, we see that the speaker is physically isolated. He's outwalked the furthest city light - so he's all alone, beyond the guidance of civilization. Quote: I have passed by the watchman on his beat And dropped my eyes, unwilling to explain (5-6) Thought: Don't get too excited about seeing another human being, because it only makes the speaker more isolated.
But nothing is right, either. Or maybe you've been so sad that even things that don't have feelings, like places or objects, seem sad to you. If so, this poem should speak to you. While the poem's language and action is relatively simple, every line could have a hidden meaning, waiting to be discovered. That's what makes Robert Frost's poems so great -they can have so many meanings, so everyone can relate to them. Basically, this poem is about those creepy, melancholy times when we seem to be acquainted, but not friends, with the world.
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