Literary Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 'Alone'

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19th-century American writer Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his Gothic short stories and poetry. In 1829, he was just 19 years old. He started his poem that would later be called “Alone.” Although he never meant for anymore to read it, it has influenced many great poems today. Poe’s poem “Alone” was not published until 26 years after his death. The most powerful theme of this poem is Poe’s mortal fear that he was going to commit the greatest sin of all, suicide.
In “Alone” Poe writes in the first-person point of view to show the terror he felt in thinking about suicide. Poe uses “I,” “me” and “my” all throughout the poem. He uses first-person point of view to show his misery. He is very consistent in choice of words reflecting his reasons all throughout the poem such as, “My sorrow—I could not awaken.” Poe using first-person point of view adds more emphasis on his misery like in line two, “As others saw—I could not bring.”
“Alone” is Poe’s long list of reasons he wants to kill himself. Poe decides to write this about suicide because of all that he has been through. It is full of reasons he should no longer keep trying to please God because God no longer loves him. He believes that no one no longer loves him and loves everyone but him like in line eight, “And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone--.” He writes of how no one loves him, “As other saw—I could not bring.” No one ever loved Poe, or anyone who did love him then died. Line fourteen shows this it says, “Of a most stormy life—was drawn.” Poe explains that he has never had someone to love him. From a young age everyone had left him or died: “Then—in my childhood—in the dawn.” The setting takes place in Poe’s mind when he shows his torn feelings about giving up and ending his life. “Of a demon in my view-” It is like Poe’s mind is having a debate on what he should do. In the poem, Poe explains the pain he feels from being abandoned constantly. He is abandoned by either his loved ones dying or leaving him: “As others where—I have not seen.” All throughout his life he has struggled. Poe is at that point where he no longer wants things to get worse he just wants them to be over. Poe explains “From the red cliff of the mountain-“ as if he is so close to jumping. Lines

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