"Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe

Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2005 04:47 pm
Hmmm - so you think the things in Poe that I find hilarious are meant to be so?
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Craven de Kere
Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2005 04:54 pm

Poe had a hell of a sense of humor, I didn't find it funny much of the time but it was prolific and most certainly intentional.

See here:


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Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2005 05:11 pm
Hmmmm - from those, I doubt Poe put humour where I find it.
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Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2005 05:43 pm
I recall Bernice, but damned if I see any humor in digging up a woman to look at her teeth. Macabre all right.
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Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2005 06:58 pm
This is an interesting article about Poe:


We are all fascinated by the man and his untimely demise. I find myself just as fascinated with Ambrose Bierce and Conrad Aiken. Willa Cather's "Paul's Case" is another study in scarlet, I think.
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Merry Andrew
Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2005 11:28 pm
Fun read, Letty. I cheerfully admit that I had never been aware of Poe's scholarly work on mollusks, of all things.
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Reply Fri 14 Oct, 2005 02:50 pm
This is my favourite poem. I've always thought that the whole poem is about his dark mind, but at the same time also about what gives him inspiration. All the things he lists inspire him to write, but these things did not present themselves to him the same way they do to most people. I can't really explain it very well, but I think he's talking about some underlying darkness (or some sort of inspirational energy) in all of these things that common people cannot perceive. Like someone who is afraid of heights sees the underlying "cause of fear" in heights where "normal" people do not. I hope this made some sense.
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Reply Sat 15 Oct, 2005 10:56 pm
I was saving this poem by Poe for my solitude thread. I guess I won't use it now since it's been posted.

Here is a summary of the poem:

Like a painting, sometimes different people see, feel different things in a poem, and therefore will interpret differently. There rarely is a right or wrong. Some poems are very clear in their meaning some are not.

I know some of my poems sometimes have more than one meaning, and I'm sure others may still see another meaning.
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Reply Fri 25 Nov, 2005 06:07 pm
Re: "Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe
Gouki wrote:
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.

could anyone give me a brief analysis of this poem please? and possibly the literary devices in it. thanks!

Gouki: I'm new in this forum. I have an assignment about the analysis of this poem. Maybe I can help you. I know it is too late because you wrote this on February, right? But maybe this may interest you. You can e-mail to: [email protected] to be in touch. The assignment is gonna be on Nov-30-2005. After doing this, I'll send the info to your mailbox. So please, e-mail me first. Well, see you!
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Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2009 01:23 am
I think this has so much meaning that people don't grasp or even try to think about when they read it. I am not the smartest person. I feel what he is saying that alone isn't just being by yourself its the act of no feeling no emotion. Not only was he alone but he felt inside nothing and to feeling nothing inside is to really be alone
Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2009 01:31 am
I don't see it that way at ALL.

I see that he is meaning that his emotions, and what causes him to have strong feelings, are different from thse around him...not that he has no emotions.
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Robert Gentel
Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2009 02:27 am
dlowan wrote:

You know - reading that poem from "Then- in my childhood, in the dawn" on - which is where the sense stops being broken up, as it were, by the lines - and each line becomes complete in itself, there are, to my ear, strong echoes of two Blake poems - "Thy Tiger" and "Infant Sorrow"

Funny you mention Infant Sorrow, it too was one of my favorites.
Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2009 06:07 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I suspect it may have been one of Poe's, also?

I'd have thought Blake would very much appeal to Poe.
Reply Fri 10 Apr, 2009 06:26 pm
Doh! As I said when the thread was opened.
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Reply Wed 15 Apr, 2009 06:28 am
My word, I just reread Paul's Case, and found that I remembered nothing about it. I do believe that this episode of Cold Case must have been inspired by Willa Cather, however.

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Reply Tue 2 Feb, 2010 05:37 pm
this helps alot and im not sure about the literay devices
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 03:18 pm
Can I see someone else analysis on this poem?
Social Horror
Reply Tue 16 Mar, 2010 09:46 pm
I believe it's about how he felt alone as a child because he felt it hard to relate to others because of his different interests and views. Later in his life he feels that he is still the odd one out, a 'cloud that took form, when the rest of Heaven was blue'. From this poem, I get a feeling of a sort of, self-loathing and bitterness in how he saw himself.
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