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
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.

Comments about Alone by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Rookie - 380 Points pouya Rezanejad (11/25/2015 11:44:00 AM)

    Peeeeeeerrrrrfffffeeeeecccccttttt (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Mina Del (11/13/2015 8:57:00 AM)

    I love it ! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,626 Points Edmund Strolis (11/12/2015 8:11:00 AM)

    They all wash over me with pitying eyes, they think that I don't see.
    Yet they are only crude jagged faces on the canvas of my dreams.
    Empty their wishes float, as they seem to pray my safe return.
    How can they know the fever that within this prison burns.

    From my Edgar Allan Poe Poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 193 Points Dale Bronson (10/24/2015 3:52:00 AM)

    This poem, give me a minute to scratch my head, and wonder what in the world, are they analyzing poe for, isn't it just what words describe, of course the intent of his thought, or his heart, I merely a man myself, can not see, no i don't know what Edgar meant to say, but I do know what his words expressed, he was very lonely, and to Edgar, loneliness, was as evil, as believing heaven would put a demon where an angel once stood, yep that's just my opinion of course. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 50 Points Guy Richards (10/15/2015 9:03:00 AM)

    Very clever word.play and fits together like a beautiful jigsaw (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 143 Points Advija Hrustic (10/9/2015 1:26:00 AM)

    This is beautiful.Comes from the heart and made me cry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jaishna Singh (10/7/2015 12:15:00 PM)

    The words are just mesmerising! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yunis Muzafer (10/3/2015 7:43:00 AM)

    Awsome (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yunis Muzafer (10/3/2015 7:42:00 AM)

    Magnificient..heart touching words...love it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 172 Points Akanhsa Nahar (9/28/2015 4:00:00 AM)

    A composition, which makes me remember my child hood... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,536 Points Briony Nicholls (9/2/2015 9:25:00 AM)

    So very Gothic and so very Edgar Allan Poe. Although not a poem I am drawn to, he describes his childhood traumas and anguish in a very powerful way that builds recognition and empathy in the reader. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,406 Points Charity Nduhiu (8/19/2015 1:38:00 AM)

    You have really fixed your words well. I like (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,191 Points Curtis Johnson (8/12/2015 6:51:00 PM)

    No demon was ever in my view, nor did I remain with 'that aloneness feeling for more than a season of my life. I did identify with this poem 'to a point', but by the grace of God, I overcame whatever silenced and rendered me lonely for the first several years of my life. I am no longer lonely and have an energetic and happy life. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,008 Points * Sunprincess * (8/10/2015 5:05:00 PM)

    ...hauntingly beautiful ★ (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,636 Points Nel Omofolarin (7/19/2015 4:52:00 PM)

    Truly touching & empathic shot from Poe....guess this speaks in large volumes of a personal struggle where odds outweighed the positives at some stages of the poets life's encounter.great work from one of my all time great poets here (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,382 Points Joseph Dela Sulh (losembe) (6/30/2015 10:42:00 AM)

    Oh sadness. I nearly shed tears from my eyes (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,106 Points Melvina Germain (6/27/2015 6:17:00 AM)

    This is absolutely spectacular...I love Alan Poe..... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,116 Points Abdalla Juma Shenga (6/23/2015 6:26:00 AM)

    thats the man there. EDGAR ALLAN POE. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lindsay Macdonald (6/3/2015 3:43:00 PM)

    One of my personal favourites. Certainly says so much regarding his character, a glimpse into the mystery that is Edgar Allan Poe. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 130 Points Ekta Sharma (6/2/2015 9:09:00 PM)

    Loved it really....... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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