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(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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  • Jessica Stewart (10/24/2008 10:04:00 AM)

    a wonderful poem written by a wonderful and well missed poet.
    i thank my 7th grade Honors English teacher for introducing Poe's work to me. went and saw a few of his works as plays. Love his work. :)

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  • Crystal P (10/17/2008 9:21:00 PM)

    i love this poem.. i remember when i first read it i was 12 i think? im not sure but i never quite understood what it meant but now it is probably one of my favorite poems.. its quite a dark poem but it is written so beautifully. i have recently done a 1000 word analysis on it for school. for me near the end of the poem its almost like he feels mocked like how the sky may be blue and everything around him is going on normal but he still feels isolated and alone.. im just ratteling off thoughts so this probably doesnt make much sense..

    -crystal
    age 14

  • 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.

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

    those who have known loneliness, we atonce be atone with it.

  • Rohan R (7/31/2008 12:37:00 PM)

    Poe presents his sad realities jewelled from the child hood
    to the old

  • 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.

  • 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

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

    Its very good poem i very love this poem.

  • Sarah L (5/4/2008 10:06:00 AM)

    does anyone no the date of when the poem was written?

  • 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.

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