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Author: Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe Type: Poetry Views: 8776

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.


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In the beginning of the poem , Poe compared himself with the others , compared his opinions , his passions , his sadness , his joy ... He thought being like the others would be better , that it would be easier . In his eyes , he was alone . He lived alone , loved alone , and will die alone . In the second part of the poem , he came to realize the value of his uniqueness , he struggled with whether being different is a good or bad thing , presenting his thoughts by using nature in a metaphorical way . Notice that he wrote these words " torrent " , "fountain" , " storm" , "thunder" ... that shows both the beauty and the destructiveness of nature . Those words reflect his soul . I think he chooses to be alone , because he's afraid of getting hurt again . I think being different is just an excuse . I think the real struggle is whether being alone saved him or doomed him . I think he lost hope and gave in to his demon .

| Posted on 2014-07-22 | by a guest

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I feel that this 'demon' was actually created by himself.
This demon came "from the torrent, or the fountain, from the red cliff of the mountain, from the sun that round (him) rolled in its autumn tint of gold, from the lightning in the sky as it passed (him) flying by, from the thunder and the storm,"
Edgar had powerful diction and a sense of word play and thus he associated the nature within him with mother nature. Notice that he evidently wrote these words, "torrent", "fountain", "mountain", "sun", etc. They all have to do with mother nature as well as the destructive nature within himself and hence, i feel that the 'demon' was created by himself.
(To those that do not understand, what i am trying to say is that 'nature' in this poem had two meanings.)
In a way, this 'demon' blocks him from 'the Heavens', 'the Heavens' refering to the world outside him, and he cannot escape it hence he was alienated and alone.
This is just my analysis of the poem, but feel free to copy it. I don't mind. It was fun analysing this poem xD
-Elsabella :)

| Posted on 2013-12-27 | by a guest

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I think this poem is really good it describes how his dad mistreated him. This story was equal to everyday life it teaches you something about yourself.

| Posted on 2013-12-17 | by a guest

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This poem, to me, details his tumultuous beginnings as a child from which his desire to write became the necessary demon. In other words, the birth of a poet.

| Posted on 2012-12-01 | by a guest

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This poem is describing his childhood. He was left alone as a boy, and felt has if he didnt have what every other child had growing up. Edgar had a different mind frame then people back then, and felt that nobody really understood him. People would critize him for being different and he knew it.

| Posted on 2012-11-30 | by a guest

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For me unlike all the other reviewers this poem is about love, considering other poems about love lost(in death) and especially Annabel Lee, I cannot help but think that itīs not about his wife or any other women whom have laid claims to being the subject for his poems, but simply his first(unknown) love in very early childhood, before he was ready to understand (and probably lost because of whimsy) that transformed his being introverted and emotionally unavailable to a more morose tragically inclined individual(to romanticize love in general). i.e. she is the demon.

| Posted on 2012-11-21 | by a guest

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Lines 1-8 pretty clearly say that Poe has never been like others, going on to say that he even loved differently.
The rest is the hard part to understand.
The line \"Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life\" implies that his childhood was only the beginning of a hard life. Considering the loss of most everyone he loved, we can say this makes sense.
Lines 13-20 are set ups for the last lines. They represent the entirety of his life. The last lines \"And the cloud that took the form (When the rest of Heaven was blue) Of a demon in my view,\" show that when everything seemed like it should be perfect or was perfect everywhere else, there was a demon, or something going bad, in his life only, hence the name \"Alone.\"
The poem represents Poe\'s feelings bout his life, and given the sad nature of his life, I cannot argue.

| Posted on 2012-07-22 | by a guest

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i think this saying how people are trying to be someone they\'re not

| Posted on 2012-05-09 | by a guest

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Lines 1-8 emphasize that Poe felt alone, unique, and not as joyful as others.
The remainder of the lines go on to say that childhood was the beginning of his stormy life, and, through all these beautiful natural occurrences that stand alone, he drew the mystery of the demon (which I assume to be extroversion) in his view. In other words, he\'s come to appreciate being alone/unique.

| Posted on 2012-02-15 | by a guest

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yeah i think this poem really did a good job of describing his childhood and getting bullied by negros

| Posted on 2012-02-06 | by a guest

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this poem starts off in lines 1-4 talking about how ever since childhood poe wasnt intrested in the same things as other children (possibly b/c he was rehomed and was forced to deal with that struggle) thin in lines 5-8 poe writes that noone loved the same things that he loved, (possibly his neighbor who he was suppose to marry but the engagment was broken off). in lines 9-12 poe is writing about how he had an unhappy childhood, and he doesnt know why it had to be such a way (his step father waasnt a good guy, his real mother died, he was diffrent) and the mystery is still unsolved. in the rest of the poem it goes on to talk about all the things that couldnt be alterd (because it was a nature refrence) that were bad for him, he had no control. in the very end of the poem, he writes about \"heaven\" and \"demons\" some belive that the demon was his step father, other believe he was talking about death and how he believed he was going to hell.

| Posted on 2011-12-06 | by a guest

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Poe was not an alcoholic. In fact, there are writings that have commented that he had an UNUSUALLY low alcohol tolerance...that he\'d be drunk off a beer or two. So, when he drank, it was pretty damn obvious, but he didn\'t drink to the extent of alcoholism.
1-8 is the easy part to figure out...he\'s writing that he\'s cut from a different cloth basically.
9-12: look at the grammar/punctuation carefully. The part in between the dashes establishes the time as his childhood (the dawn of a most stormy life) and he introduces the following with the colon, stating that it\'s a mystery that still puzzles him.
13-end: The use of the word torrent is interesting to me, because it\'s somewhat similar to what a fountain is, but it is more of a violent/faster stream. Is there any significance to the mountain being red? It seems like this was written in the fall or about the fall, as the autumn sun is included, too. The ending, obviously, refers to seeing this demon in his view...
What\'s great about poetry is that it can mean anything to anyone (within reason haha). This poem is obviously wonderful for introverts, or people feeling a little down. I have also read that he wrote this about his foster father, but it doesn\'t only have to apply to that sort of situation.

| Posted on 2011-11-25 | by a guest

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I think Poe was confused as to why he never found joy in the things other people did, and that is what he recollects on in this poem. He questions what obstacles prevented him from being happy as everyone else was and at last concludes \"the demon\" to be this giant void constantly keeping him depressed and disconnected from the rest of society, and he then realizes he can never overcome it.

| Posted on 2011-11-17 | by a guest

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it is my opinion that the \"demon\" was poe himself

| Posted on 2011-11-15 | by a guest

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I find when reading the poem, that it is about being \'alone\' not lonely. there is a difference and you can be alone without being lonely. Most people are completely unable to sustain themselves on their own, while others, very few others, draw strength from being \'alone\'. The poem conveys the feeling that Poe preferred being alone opposed to being surrounded by people whose company gave him nothing, at least in the stage of life he was at.

| Posted on 2011-10-30 | by a guest

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While he talks about his loniless and losing his parents I don\'t think he finds happiness from the things that other people would so I think he has struggled to love anyone the way he loved himself, and the demon he talks about at the end could be anything but I\'m thinking it\'s his foster father because I doubt a man like Poe worried about death like you would a shadow- We are all alone after death.

| Posted on 2011-10-27 | by a guest

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THe meaning of this poem is lonileness. Poe felt alone all his life and he was an introvert, who no one understood, even his own wife. He faced many struggles, but instead of putting those memories behind him and becoming a happier person, he held on to those memories and became bitter. My favorite line in this poem is, \"Demon in my view.\" This line can mean anything, but I think it means taht most people saw things as beautiful and sweet, but he saw everything for waht it was: bleak and uncaring. And that was his demon.
Brianna Winebarger

| Posted on 2011-10-03 | by a guest

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THe meaning of this poem is lonileness. Poe felt alone all his life and he was an introvert, who no one understood, even his own wife. He faced many struggles, but instead of putting those memories behind him and becoming a happier person, he held on to those memories and became bitter. My favorite line in this poem is, \"Demon in my view.\" This line can mean anything, but I think it means taht most people saw things as beautiful and sweet, but he saw everything for waht it was: bleak and uncaring. And that was his demon.

| Posted on 2011-10-03 | by a guest

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heyy all of you iwanna the complete paraphrase of this poem

| Posted on 2011-09-20 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2011-08-26 | by a guest

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He wrote this poem when he was 20. He speaks of his childhood and his foster parents. It was not published in his lifetime. And Edgar Allen Poe, wazs not rich. He was not poor, but he was not rich, he struggled a fair bit, but he was very well known. This poem is about his struggle, when he was looking up to heaven his foster father, looked down on him as a demon. It\'s so meaning full and it\'s sad that he never got to see how much this poem means to all of us that have commented.

| Posted on 2011-05-07 | by a guest

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Alone, as the name suggests, is a poem about an introvert, about a person that was not very confident of himself, for he was diffident. The first half of the poem was about Poe\'s terrible childhood. The second half of the poem is about his family life, and so on. Let me explain more detailed.
The first eight lines are about him not having the same passions as others, and about his normal life with his parents. The phrase even makes you think that he preferred being different to others
The lines 9, 10, 11 and 12, are about how the dawn of his childhood, the early times of his childhood changed into something negative, which was what \'of a most stormy life was drawn\' meant, the next line, \'From every depth of good and ill\' meant that the change was made from the normal good and bad things in his life so far. The next line is about him questioning himself why it had happened to him.
Lines 12 to 19 explains why he was taken from those factors of his life, and he explains how those beautiful and dangerous moods of nature like the torrenta, was part of his life.
The last 3 lines are perhaps the most important.As far as I have read, Poe had spent most of his childhood to young adulthood with his foster parents, since he was an orphan. Poe had always mentioned his foster father as being very strict, aggressive and very practical, unlike Poe, who was always outside in the greens. So I think the last few lines are about his father suddenly looking down at him (the demon), when he was gazing at the blue sky, which he describes as heaven.

| Posted on 2011-04-08 | by a guest

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honestly i have a semi different veiw of the poem... yes it does speak of some of his childhood hardships that he had to overcome but also on the same hand i think this poem is much more light hearted then most people give it credit. I believe it speaks about the overcoming of his childhood the recognition of him being different but to be blunt being damn proud of it. To know that you are unique is a wonderful feeling but its is also a very lonely feeling to know that you are different from the majority of society. Therefore this poem is a double blade sword he takes great pride in it and it took him a long hard way to get there but by the same token it is a very lonely feeling

| Posted on 2011-04-06 | by a guest

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This is a poem that only those who have felt the same can seem to truly appreciate or understand. This is a poem for introverts, for the quiet and thoughtful who exhibit traits frowned upon and seen as strange in much of western society. This is a poem for the quiet ones, the ones who felt they were wrong or faulty for not being as social as society told them to be, who thought it was wrong to be alone as often as they were, but who later found their refuge in solitude and realized that there was no fault in seeking it.

| Posted on 2011-03-24 | by a guest

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Whoever said that a majority of his poems were written on his dead wife, do you not realize that a good deal of his writings were written before he\'d even been married? Like this one?

| Posted on 2011-03-24 | by a guest

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the demon in edgar\'s poem is not death, it is his step father who doe not like him!!!

| Posted on 2011-02-07 | by a guest

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i really like writing of Edgar Allen Poe.
i appreciate his writing skills.
hIS IMAGINATION IS BEYOND NORMAL BRAIN.i simply have no words to express his wrting.

| Posted on 2011-01-28 | by a guest

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Poe probably was a pimp and he ran out of working girls because they all went off and got married. So he was left alone, hence the name of the poem.

| Posted on 2011-01-10 | by a guest

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Just saying, Poe was and alcoholic...read the Black Cat. It\'s him about his drinking problem that he had.

| Posted on 2011-01-09 | by a guest

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he is talking about his alcholic step dad and the death if his mother! he is als talking about how he changed from being poor into a very rich man

| Posted on 2011-01-06 | by a guest

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Isn\'t it strange, so many messages to say that they all feel like the author - alone - all of them, all the same?
It\'s a big oxymoron - We\'re all alone - that\'s what unites us.

| Posted on 2010-12-12 | by a guest

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That famous line, \"The mystery which binds me still\", alters the analysis. It\'s no longer about a misfit feeling cold and lonely but instead it\'s about a unique man looking for answers about himself. Many people relate themselves with others. We learn about ourselves from others. Where as the man in the poem, couldn\'t. He learned from an early age that he was solitary, and different. The answers he was looking for weren\'t in the people around him, in fact, he couldn\'t find them anywhere. And that fact haunted him.

| Posted on 2010-12-10 | by a guest

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To me, he is saying that he knows he is different from the average person and that this fact is like a demon that has been with him since childhood and the belief it will be that way for the rest of his life. He looks back and sees with pain that he felt different as a child, he feels different as of the writing of this amazing poem, and will most likely continue to feel different and apart from humanity forever. He feels alone and with no hope of ever not feeling that way.

| Posted on 2010-11-05 | by a guest

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I just wanted to reply to one of the comments here, Edgar Allen Poe was NOT an alcoholic. After Poe died there was a very powerful man in the publishing business who hated Poe. He (in todays world) created libel about Poe being an alcoholic and never let Poe\'s real friends publish eulogy\'s or any rebultals to his lies. Most of what we know about Edgar Allen Poe is from a spiteful man full of lies.

| Posted on 2010-11-04 | by a guest

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When I look at this poem I feel there is hope and not sorrow in his words.. In his childhood he grew up sad; tortured by the mediocre minds around him for being different. But instead of giving way to the external influence, he held on to his beliefs and passion. The whole world we built up around us is an illusion. And that illusion is the demonic cloud mentioned here. Only a rare few can see this world for what it is. He saw the one force that binds us all. That which is found in the fountains, the mountains, the sun, lightning.... He truly was blessed with a sight we are too unfortunate to have...

| Posted on 2010-10-21 | by a guest

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who ever worte he is a realy happy guy you have not read about his past or the passing of his wife or the fact that he became a chronic alcoholic majority of his poems were about the pain he went throuth from loosing his wife or the fact that in his time being different was not accepted he was and out cast at a very young age a very ecentric person he saw the world for what it was he saw the pain that humans can inflict not just on people but the whole world he saw what other people were blind to he was not happy .

| Posted on 2010-10-19 | by a guest

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I love this poem and can relate to it 100%. I have lived with this feeling all my life. I can\'t believe I haven\'t paid any attention to this poet until now, when I am considered to be \"old\" by todays standards. I am going to spend some time getting to know this man and his wonderful poems.

| Posted on 2010-10-14 | by a guest

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Great spirits have always encountered violent oppostion from mediocre minds.\" - Copy to Clipboard
-- Albert Einstein
How glorious it is - and also how painful - to be an exception. ~Alfred de Musset
I think he is speaking of the pain and lonelyness gifted minds often encounter. Reaching out with the beauty they see, trying to share it and being rejected. Perhaps the demon is the defence mechanisms this rejection makes on the soul.

| Posted on 2010-10-03 | by a guest

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I really enjoyed reading the poem as well as the comments below. It helps a lot on my report tomorrow!!! Allan Poe and I were of the same situation somehow.I know the feeling of being alone, but in the matter of being depressed, we are not one.I see life in a different aspect. I guess life is like that. Just be optimistic..

| Posted on 2010-07-20 | by a guest

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Poe's life is sad. I like how the poem speaks to me, personally. This is my favorite poem. When Poe says "a demon", it somehow shows me how the "darkness" followed Poe wherever he went.
P.S. I

| Posted on 2010-06-06 | by a guest

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