Ambrose Bierce

(24 June 1842 - 26 December 1913 / Horse Cave Creek, Ohio)

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Alone


In contact, lo! the flint and steel,
By sharp and flame, the thought reveal
That he the metal, she the stone,
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  • Rookie Christopher Laue (4/8/2014 11:02:00 PM)

    This poem is excellent. I see it as a beautiful description of how two people find each other and discover their passionate love for each other. Like David and Bathsheba. When he(the flint) and she(the steel) meet, they complemented each other completely. They are soul mates. They alone are meant for each other. It is love at first sight; and lo! the spark of passion ignites the flame of love within them, and reveals their most intimate secret desires and expectations: That he (the stone) has secretly cherished the metal, and she (the steel) has secretly cherished the stone... and they have found what they have always longed for. True love. Christopher Laue (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points Thomas Vaughan Jones (4/5/2014 2:31:00 PM)

    In 1913, Bierce traveled to Mexico to gain first-hand experience of the Mexican Revolution. While traveling with rebel troops, he disappeared without a trace. Obviously, they didn't like his poetry either.
    Old does not neccesarily mean good. Many of the writers in this site could put this to shame,
    He has just taken a pair of rhyming couplets and put them together. Bad scansion, terrible assonance and utterly banaal.
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  • Rookie Li Ying (7/13/2011 2:57:00 AM)

    I personally thought Ambrose Bierce's ' alone ' is very good poem. short, simple but meaningful! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Terence George Craddock (4/5/2010 4:08:00 AM)

    Interesting, in contact with skill 'lo! the flint and steel', produce the sparks that flame the dry tinder to produce fire. The metal and stone, is one of the easiest and quickest traditional survival techniques used to produce fire and definitely was cherished and secretly keep in many early tribal cultures and civilizations. It still fascinates children and hunters or trappers as Ambrose correctly observes. Why do so few explore some of the meanings of these poems? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Fading Heart (4/5/2009 5:04:00 PM)

    I believe this was a great poem in its shortness it had alot of deepth and meaning to it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Kristin Baker (4/6/2007 1:32:00 PM)

    Took me a minute or two, but I get it - but what's with 'booley fito'...? Can anyone shed any light on that for me? (Report) Reply

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