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Why is blank verse so common in English? Well, a lot of people think we speak in it in our everyday conversations. ” That could be a blank verse line. Cadence: Cadence refers to the rhythmic or musical elements of a poem. You can think of it as the thing that makes poetry sound like poetry. Whereas “meter” refers to the regular elements of rhythm – the beats or accents – “cadence” refers to the momentary variations in rhythm, like when a line speeds up or slows down. Poets often repeat or contrast certain cadences to create a more interesting sound than normal prose.
So, from the start, the poem has a distant and eerie tone. On top of it, the night is a pretty lonely thing to be acquainted with. It might be less lonely to not be acquainted with the night. 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.
Does the speaker have a goal? Why is he walking around at night? Quotes and Thoughts Quote: I have been one acquainted with the night (1 and 14) Thought: To be "acquainted" is unsatisfying - not friends, but not enemies either. This line, which frames the poem, shows how even in his feelings towards the night, the speaker is stuck in the unsatisfying middle. Quote: But not to call me back or say good-by (10) Thought: When the speaker hopes for human contact and is disappointed, his dissatisfaction is perpetuated.