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

  • (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

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  • (6/9/2010 8:24:00 PM)

    I'M TAKEN how beautiful he relates nature to his life. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • Ramesh T A (6/9/2010 3:31:00 AM)

    Only god or demon can be so! They are two sides of his personality! (Report) Reply

  • (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.
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  • (5/21/2010 5:06:00 AM)

    This is considered Poe's most revealing work. I'll never forget the day I first discovered it and the way it resonated. He is a poet to fingertips. (Report) Reply

  • (4/18/2010 6:24:00 AM)

    This poem alone can teach anybody how to become a poet. (Report) Reply

  • (4/8/2010 9:53:00 PM)

    he's such an amazing writer, this is one of my favorites. (Report) Reply

  • (3/28/2010 12:39:00 AM)

    What an amazing poem! (Report) Reply

  • (3/15/2010 3:52:00 AM)

    Totally agree with Milica. A poem is how one expresses himself at the time he wrote it. Ergo, your statement was already telling the fact that this is a great poem. (Report) Reply

  • (3/9/2010 4:47:00 AM)

    I disagree with Justin and Rob V. This is beautiful poem that clearly explains Edgar's filing of not belonging and loneliness (Report) Reply

  • (2/25/2010 2:21:00 PM)

    LOVE THIS POEM...............(THANKZ MR.EDGAR.ALLAN.POE.) (Report) Reply

  • (2/21/2010 6:28:00 AM)

    I agree with Justin: this is probably Poe's worst poem, likely why he never published it.

    It was written when he was a teenage orphan, living with a foster-father who didn't care much for him. Everyone in their mid-teens feels this way to the point of being cliche. Does that make them all 'disturbed'? Definitely read 'The Conqueror Worm.' Then read 'Epigram for Wall Street.' Then tell me you know all about Poe's writing.
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  • (2/8/2010 8:56:00 AM)

    The title kind of gives the wrong impression. Though it does fit in some places. Sometimes that's how I feel. 'Even if someone is surrounded by people, they are alone.' is one of my favorite quotes. (Report) Reply

  • (1/5/2010 8:47:00 PM)

    I love Edgar Allan Poe, but this is one of his worst poems. If you want the Real Edgar Allan Poe, read The Conqueror Worm. (Report) Reply

  • (1/5/2010 8:47:00 PM)

    I love Edgar Allan Poe, but this is one of his worst poems. If you want the Real Edgar Allan Poe, read The Conqueror Worm. (Report) Reply

  • (12/14/2009 8:24:00 PM)


    I Could feel his loneliness! : -(thanks for sharing your poem Mr. Poe.: -)
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  • (12/6/2009 4:42:00 PM)

    Poe is a bad poet, a poor critic, and a dreadful prose stylist in his celebrated tales. Also he is a self-pitying and metrically maladroit. His litany of 'I's and 'my's is pathetic in the content of torrent and fountain, cliff and mountain, rolling sun and flying lightning, thunder and storm and cloud. By the time Poe sees a demon in the cloud, the reader is wearied. (Report) Reply

  • (11/28/2009 6:32:00 PM)

    I can relate to that. Love this poem. :) (Report) Reply

  • (11/26/2009 9:45:00 PM)

    Look at all the 'gifted' - Hemingway, London, Joplin, Warhol, etc., etc., etc. Genius, skewed - I suppose! (Report) Reply

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