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Alone Analysis

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