Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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Alone


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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  • Lenore Lee (11/29/2011 6:18:00 PM)

    Gorgeous poem with a great meaning... uniqueness can alienate a person to the point of being so different that you don't understand people in general; it can turn you into a sociopath.
    'All I loved, I loved alone' (Report) Reply

  • Ronald James De Langen (11/22/2011 5:51:00 PM)

    Nice poem I can really relate to not only the message but the style... the more I read Poe's work the more he is becoming my favorite. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 879 Points Kevin Patrick (10/27/2011 3:31:00 PM)

    A chilling portrait of what alienation and loneliness can do to a person, that is alien from everyone else, painful but beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 879 Points Assorted Thoughts (10/18/2011 8:52:00 PM)

    I heard, mostly on here, that Poe wanted to discard this poem and scratch it from his records.
    Not sure why, it might not be The Conqueror Worm but Alone gives me goose bumps every time I read it…Isn’t that the idea? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 615 Points Dave Walker (8/23/2011 4:02:00 PM)

    Good poem. Take a look at my
    New poems. One called, for michael hicky
    A true story of a man fighting for his
    Freedom. And one called, boy to a man (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 315 Points Juan Olivarez (6/9/2011 7:53:00 AM)

    Poe was an incredible poet. And though this work is not nearly close to his best it tells you of the tormented life he led. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 315 Points Nina F (6/13/2010 10:44:00 AM)

    amazing i loved this writer from the first time i read his book the fall of the house of usher......and i falled in love with this poem.....bravo (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 315 Points Undead Perez (6/12/2010 4:56:00 PM)

    Simply amazing! I mean, he's pretty much the best poet that ever lived! ! This poem is one of favorites from all the wonderul inspiring poems he has ever written. You cant deny that when you read his work, you get a feeling of awe and it makes you want to worship him if possible. The best is when he seldom uses his lifes tragedies and makes a poem such as this one. So passionate with the hint of suffering! He basically personifies what it means to be a true poet........... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 125 Points Kevin Straw (6/9/2010 6:05:00 AM)

    Genius sets men apart, but that very genius creates works that draw all men together in, as far as possible, a common understanding. No one but Beethoven could write his symphonies yet his work is universally comprehensible. Genius says what everyone knows, yet which only a genius can express. Childhood traumas do not make a genius, though they may colour his or her works. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 147 Points Terence George Craddock (6/9/2010 1:44:00 AM)

    Edgar Allan Poe is a superb poet and this poem from his teenage years already foreshadows the master that was to come. This poem in introduction reads like a confession.
    ‘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’
    What memories could Poe have of a mother who died when he was two, or of an alcoholic father. Being sent from Massachusetts to London for an education from about six until eleven years of age must definitely have been a lonely experience and seems to explain the lines of not knowing the source from which he originated.
    Poe shares a tragic life with a list of the greatest poets and writers of all time. Perhaps tragedy is the sword that pierces the heart and burns brands into the mind of revelation, producing amazing insightful literature from which we all benefit. Poe was ever a companion in those young years of introspection. As he has been and will remain being for those of us who love him. (Report) Reply

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