Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's Poetry

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Edgar Allan Poe was one of the greatest writers of the 19th century. He is is well known for his gothic themes and disturbing characters. Unfortunately, Poe lived a life full of sorrow and pain, having nearly everyone he loved die. His poem Alone is said to have been a confessional poem, recalling how Poe felt growing up. Poe’s use of repetition, metaphors, and imagery all aid in bringing the reader closer to understanding what was going on in Poe’s mind. The poem Alone was not published until after Poe’s death in 1875. Some say because of this the poem is a real look into Poe’s mind. The poem is in first person with the narrator telling how he never felt like he belonged and always felt like he was different in every way from others. His upbringing was not traditional and so he was alone most of the time. Not just alone physically but psychologically, he felt his thoughts were not the same as others. The poem has a sorrowful, and dark tone to it shown through the use of words like “stormy”, “sorrow”, “thunder”, and “demon”. Throughout the poem Poe uses repetition to emphasize what he is saying. In the second line Poe says “As others were; I have not seen As others saw;” (lines 2-3). “As others” is used to emphasize the contrast between himself and others. Later in the poem he goes on to repeat the words “from the” and then describes natural things like “red cliffs of the mountain” (line 14), the sun, lightning in the sky, thunderstorms and clouds. According to Michael
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