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But when the speaker drops his eyes and walks on by, we're a little disappointed that he remains alone. Quote: When far away an interrupted cry Came over houses from another street, But not to call me back or say good-by (8-10) Thought: We have another a chance to break the isolation - but, again, it fails. This voice is isolated and interrupted itself, traveling over houses to reach our speaker. Yet it's not calling for him, revealing our false hope that maybe someone cared about this poor guy.
Why is the time "neither wrong nor right"? Is the "luminary clock in the sky" a real clock, or is it the moon? Why? Is the speaker the kind of guy who could tell the time from the moon? What evidence of this do we have in the poem? Quotes and Thoughts Quote: I have been one acquainted with the night (1 and 14) Thought: This line introduces and concludes the verb tense of the poem, letting us know when it is happening - in the past. Perhaps the speaker is no longer acquainted with the night. The repetition of this phrase suggests that this poem takes place on not just one, but many nights.
What images of the city are the most vivid in this poem? Quotes and Thoughts Quote: I have been one acquainted with the night (1 and 14) Thought: This line personifies an element of the natural world. Though acquainted can be used with objects, not just humans, it's more common to refer to being acquainted to a person than a time of day. So, in this lonely poem, we see that the speaker places emphasis on his connection, however ambivalent, with the night and the natural world. Quote: I have walked out in rain - and back in rain (2) Thought: Here, the natural world is not being very kind to our speaker.