The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost first published "Acquainted with the Night" in 1927. One of Frost's most celebrated poems, "Acquainted with the Night" is an exploration of isolation, sorrow, and despair—emotions that, to the poem's speaker, feel as inescapable as the night itself. These emotions, Frost suggests, are a universal part of the human experience. The 14-line poem is a terza rima sonnet, consisting of four tercets and a final rhyming couplet. The second line of each tercet provides the rhyme sound for the first and third lines of the following stanza (aba, bcb, cdc, and so on).