Edgar Allen Poe´s Childhood in the Poem Alone Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “Alone” is a reflection of his childhood. The first lines tell the reader that the speaker never felt kindred with the other children. As you read on, it is apparent to the reader that someone dear to them passed when they were young. Looking at the diction, symbolism, and allusions used in this poem, we can see that the underlying theme is that lost love can cause desolation. The word choice used in this poem helps to portray a mood of isolation. “And all I loved, I loved alone” (8). What the speaker is saying with this quote is that everything they found interest in, nobody else did, and therefore had nobody to share their life experiences with. Even from a young age, the speaker felt as if they were an…show more content…
The storm is a representation of the speaker’s life and the cloud is the pessimistic view that they have, keeping them from seeing the incredible things going on in their life. As you get to the end of the poem, lines 21 and 22 say “(When the rest of Heaven was blue), Of a demon in my view-”. When the speaker says heaven, they do not really mean that they saw heaven, but they are simply referring to the beautiful things in life that ‘normal’ people see. On the same note, the ‘demon’ is not what comes to mind first, it is not a real demon. In this context, the demon is the speaker’s depression preventing any light or any feelings of joy. Knowing what these symbols actually stand for helps the reader connect and decode what the speaker is trying to communicate to them. When the speaker alludes to the Prophet Elijah, he gives an example of how secluded he really felt during his childhood. Lines 14 through 19 say “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” The speaker is alluding to 1 Kings 19 when Elijah fled to Mt. Sinai. He felt that God had abandoned him after he had disrespected the queen, Jezebel. In this scripture, God brought many kinds of natural disasters (including a storm), and Elijah sent away even his most
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