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

  • Gold Star - 10,831 Points 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

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

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

  • Rookie - 0 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie - 0 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Walter Durk (12/16/2006 10:13:00 AM)

    I have always loved reading his writing. He was a master, and this poem is sad and touching. You can almost read his heart. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Elen Zweifel (12/3/2006 7:35:00 AM)

    But still we ought to experience these obscure depths to begin seeing some light and some unity....and so on... until.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yumi Erulasse (11/1/2006 5:43:00 PM)

    I admire Poe but if u read through these comments tons of people basically wrote the same thing...If we are all so alone than how can this be? ? I know how it feels to be alone and I know its hard, but just look...your not alone, and neither was Edgar he just didnt know it and neither do you. Just because we are smart enough to think on our own doesnt mean we are alone all you people from around the world have been totally brought together by this man...THAT is why i LOVE Poe...and ur not alone you have all of us. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nicole Kelley (10/9/2006 8:27:00 AM)

    A good poem...it makes me think of me when I first read it... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rose Noir (9/5/2006 5:21:00 PM)

    Probably the most haunting poem I have ever read. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Akara K. (8/27/2006 5:44:00 PM)

    It's true, being different can be hard. It can get a little frustrating when you realize that all the things you love, no one else seems to care about. I know how Poe must have felt on that topic... so I guess the reason I love this poem so much is because I can relate. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Brian Dorn (7/19/2006 11:38:00 AM)

    Alone and susceptible, they go hand in hand. A brilliant poem about how it feels to be different... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ruby Root (7/10/2006 8:51:00 PM)

    He seemed very lonesome, I loved his poetry. It is really excellent. He sounds like he is in mourning. He has so much compassion when he writes but it is really sad. I think he was a very lonely man. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jamie Simmons (4/11/2006 4:44:00 PM)

    This poem is my life in detail. I greatly admire Poe. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie ***** ********* (11/14/2005 6:48:00 PM)

    Like Edgar says! Life's a bitch and then you die. Thats all from Tai (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,942 Points john tiong chunghoo (7/9/2005 1:23:00 AM)

    lovely, i love edgar allan poe. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie K. Foley (3/8/2005 1:51:00 PM)

    This is one of my favorite poems of all time. Celine if you read into what he's saying, it's so profound, he's talking about how he's always been different. No matter where he went, he never really fit in. And he knew it, and it haunted him, a 'demon in his view'. I think this poem may not seem to be much to you, but it has a depth of feeling, of meaning, that touches me. The same goes for 'A Dream Within A Dream', when read into both of these poems give you a look inside of who Poe was. He is my Idol. If I could ever write half as good as Poe I would be so ecstatic. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie celine charcoal (11/24/2004 7:39:00 PM)

    is this all u could say for loneliness? (Report) Reply

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