Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Alone - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
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Comments about Alone by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Lindsey Ashton (10/13/2008 6:19:00 AM)

    I really liked this poem, so wise in the world of yourself, where there is no one else and no one else matters. I have felt loneliness and can feel the words you write, this is a great poem, thank you. (Report) Reply

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  • Sarita Singh (10/12/2008 2:12:00 AM)

    those who have known loneliness, we atonce be atone with it. (Report) Reply

  • Rohan R (7/31/2008 12:37:00 PM)

    Poe presents his sad realities jewelled from the child hood
    to the old (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (6/9/2008 10:00:00 AM)

    An American poet, critic, and short story writer. Poe produced an enormous and influential body of work before he died at the age of forty, exhausted by a bout of heavy drinking. All the comments posted here touch on his poetry and the topic of loneliness which he treats in ALONE, with an occasional reference to his morbid nature and the madness that drove him.

    Poe saw what others could not see, he asserts, and goes on to suggest in brief 'the dawn of a most stormy life' that was drawn from every depth of good and ill'. Where others saw blue skies overhead (both literally and figuratively) Poe had a vision of the demonic! His poems and stories sought to invoke an inward view of our twisted and complicated psychic life. He shunned the techniques of the realists of the 19th century literary scene who portrayed nature and life objectively and ignored the inner life.

    Note that his most ardent fans and imitators have been, by and large, French. Writers such as Charles Baudelaire (FLOWERS OF EVIL) and Arthur Rimbaud (THE DRUNKEN BOAT) carried his tales of hallucination into the 20th century. (Report) Reply

  • Irena keigh (6/9/2008 2:06:00 AM)

    i like it its very expressive......made me think...but yes i liked it very much......yes yes i did (Report) Reply

  • Marina Murden (5/28/2008 9:06:00 AM)

    Its very good poem i very love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Sarah L (5/4/2008 10:06:00 AM)

    does anyone no the date of when the poem was written? (Report) Reply

  • Matt Johnston (4/19/2008 8:32:00 PM)

    Great. I can think of no finer poem to put on the wall of ones bedroom… at least if you live in a dark castle anyway. (Report) Reply

  • Celine Socrates (3/5/2008 9:34:00 AM)

    just BEAUTIFUL. it perfectly captures that 'outcast' feeling that more or less everyone goes through at some point in his/her life. i always feel melancholic after reading this. (Report) Reply

  • Wendy Gomez (2/2/2008 9:58:00 AM)

    Your simply amazing I own ure book of every poem you have written your my hero thank you for existing haha! (Report) Reply

  • Damien L. (11/25/2007 10:01:00 PM)

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  • Ivan Lafayette (11/18/2007 5:28:00 PM)

    A song played in only one take.

    A guitar totally out of tune.

    I composed a song in one take for this particular poem that I love! You can find a video for this song in my uploaded space at blip.tv following this address:

    http: //www.blip.tv/file/292551/

    Because we all have the right to fulfill our inner dreams.

    Enjoy and let me know about your opinion. (Report) Reply

  • Alexis Blanken (10/17/2007 7:41:00 PM)

    i love this poem and all poe's stories but i cant figure wat the theme would be... (Report) Reply

  • Linda Izundu (9/30/2007 9:20:00 AM)

    i really liked this poem (Report) Reply

  • Naveed Akram (7/29/2007 7:24:00 PM)

    ‘Alone’ is poem of much precision in the meaning of solitude. It uses the words which rhyme to great extents, and deposits patience on our minds. For sure, the poem resounds to let us benefit. It keeps us alert with the relevant words, and homes in on our own feelings.
    The first line has wonderfully let our thoughts enter our mind. It kept our drift on the matter of loneliness and slumber; just as a baby or infant can not find enough energy to keep to others, or even other people’s traits. The problem of being alone is to be investigated. This is the natural course of activity - to keep a ‘common spring’. The heart has been used in that line of lines to awaken us and give or take solace. Definitely the speaker is wanting to be alone, and he stresses this in the line, ‘And all I loved, I loved alone.’ It is highly loved by me, as he is saying he loves!
    ‘Still’ he binds to his childhood hours, and still he is comforted by them as a binding force.
    I prefer to anything else, the imagery in the middle of the poem letting us gape at his loneliness with the sun and the lightning and the torrent. These do make the binding take great effect, as the poem is called alone by binding together the words that are concocted for the task. The task has been to eradicate the demon in you. (Report) Reply

  • Dee Daffodil (6/13/2007 11:37:00 PM)

    Wow! ! He sure could write! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Leonard Daranjo (6/11/2007 1:09:00 AM)

    Fantastic Poem. Has great meaning for me. One of the ways of appreciating a piece of art is by identifying. This is exactly how I feel about this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Doug Tatz (5/23/2007 8:51:00 PM)

    Many people have had been through the experience of not fitting in. It may be for a variety of reasons. In Alone, by Edgar Allen Poe, the speaker expresses himself and his feelings about not fitting in. 'From childhood's hour I have not been As others were; I have not seen As others saw; ' Not only is he alone in action, he is alone in thought. All the hardships he has suffered, he has suffered alone. All the joys he has experienced, he has also enjoyed alone. The speaker has trouble relating to other people his feelings about things. He has learned to take poeple's indifference as it comes, ' From every depth of good and ill'. (Report) Reply

  • Melanie Ann Calvert (3/31/2007 4:33:00 PM)

    I can really relate to this and feel it strongly. A very powerful piece. (Report) Reply

  • Vivian Tapia (3/27/2007 8:42:00 PM)

    If you are familiar with Poe’s life you would know that he stood alone with his thoughts and his feelings. Only on paper would he share his inner-most fears and joys. In 'Alone' he is really not stating that he is physically alone, but that he is alone in his thoughts-regressing back to his memories of an eventful, spirited time. This is what makes him different from others and no one will ever understand why he feels this way. All that he has experienced he has felt alone, no one has felt how he has felt because he is unique. He has chosen to be and feel this way even though he is in pain; he has accepted this 'good or ill' even though people may see this as a mystery. I can relate to this poem, and that is why I have studied it over and over since I began reading it back in 1993. Poe was ahead of his time almost prophesizing his end since his death was a “mystery.” And remember, his terrible suffering was reflected in almost every story and poem he wrote. (Report) Reply










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