Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Alone


From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Rookie - 136 Points Red (3/2/2015 3:59:00 AM)

    This poem is widely regarded as being his most revealing piece written when he was all of nineteen. Ironically this brilliant verse proves those of us who feel so keenly are not alone. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ismael Esrada (12/29/2014 10:19:00 PM)

    WOW.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tracy Randolph (11/20/2014 11:59:00 PM)

    felt every word touch my flesh with a scratch and a push from a reflective needle (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 404 Points Willian Menuci (10/10/2014 12:32:00 PM)

    I just love when a poem send shivers down my spine.
    That's what I think poetry is: make you feel what the poet was feeling when he wrote. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,415 Points Herbert Guitang (9/9/2014 5:31:00 AM)

    10 thumbs up. Perfect in rhyme and wonderful message (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 38,094 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/6/2014 9:52:00 AM)

    Poets have macro and micro view that's the difference of vision ..Away from the common path and the eyes make a poet Poe the famous bard ... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,995 Points Frank Avon (9/3/2014 2:16:00 AM)

    I've kept trying to find a Poe poem that I could genuinely say I liked. This almost makes it. This time his bouncy rhythms and punchy rhymes are tempered by enjambment. If one reads this aloud - as sentences, not as lines - then the sounds are subtler and the rhymes are subjugated to sense. The theme, it seems to me, is the despondency of the child who is a loner, an outsider in his family/school/community, alienated from his peers. I had similar childhood experiences. Fortunately - providentially I am brought to say -, I found friends who helped me and mentors who guided me, so that I escaped the poet's most stormy life. I am thankful to my God. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 29 Points Ben Miller (10/22/2014 10:07:00 PM)

    The theme, to me, is less about a child who was excluded from normal child festivities and more about about a child who was inverted and could not enjoy normal in any form.

  • Bronze Star - 2,767 Points Points Of View (9/1/2014 9:23:00 AM)

    It reminds me of my childhood years... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 38,094 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/23/2014 9:41:00 AM)

    Tear rolled on my chick Thought its me May your soul rest in peace AEP (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Katherine Shaw (8/4/2014 10:05:00 AM)

    I love all work by E.A.P. My work has been compared to his, I am honored. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 711 Points Michelle Claus (6/9/2014 10:33:00 AM)

    Hauntingly conveyed. Many of us poets and writers deeply comprehend Alone. Thank goodness for poetry and literature, to give us a realm in which we can feel connected. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 27,404 Points Gajanan Mishra (6/9/2014 5:58:00 AM)

    the world is really a mystery, good one. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 21,895 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (6/9/2014 4:11:00 AM)

    Pessimistic poem and the experience of childhood felt it very nice. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,601 Points Lyn Paul (6/9/2014 12:17:00 AM)

    A lot of sadness taken from these words. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,243 Points Primrose Tee (5/5/2014 6:34:00 AM)

    alone....its a very nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 7 Points Dea Dear (4/29/2014 5:18:00 AM)

    when i red this 86324poem i wrote these two lines from my childhood i have not been, , , , , , happy but that doese not mean , , , , , , , i was on this planet without aim, , , , , , , , my great hope is my creator name (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,568 Points * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 1:30:00 AM)

    .......a poem which leaves a haunting image in the mind....enjoyed.. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,415 Points Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 7:34:00 AM)

    Very harmonize kind of poem. Perfect in theme (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Taylor Kilgour (2/21/2014 4:06:00 PM)

    Let's face it, 'Alone' is one of the greatest, most powerful, deep and meaningful poems of all time. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 122 Points Valentin Savin (2/21/2014 1:25:00 AM)

    I love the poem so much, because it reminds me of my own childhood. My father left my mother when I was six y.o. and I was brought by stepmother. I can't say she was bad. She was just alien to me. I did'nt wish to call her mother and was bitten by my father. There were three of us children. Myself, my sister and my stepbrother. I was always guilty if anything went wrong with us children and was always to blame. I was sort of introvert and different from others. I felt myself alone and abandoned. So much for that. The thing is I've translated the poem into my own toungue - Russian. And I hope that my countrymen will be able to understand and appreciate Poe's poems. (Report) Reply

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