The Theme in Alone by Edgar Allen Poe

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“Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe is a rhythmical poem describing, in first person, how they had grown up lonely without a lot of happiness. The twenty-two line poem is not split into stanzas, but the punctuation of the poem clearly outlines the different sections. When Poe wrote this poem, he must have been talking about his own childhood. The fact that the poem is in first person helps me to understand that Poe could have been talking about himself and how he felt growing up. Throughout life, people cannot always be happy. In order for there to be happiness, there has to be someone experiencing the opposite. Poe’s couplet poem gives us an underlying message that we must all take to heart—an unhappy childhood could lead to a treacherous adulthood. In order to appreciate this theme, we must take the poem apart and analyze the lines separately in order to get a full understanding. The first lines of the poem sets the stage for the rest of it completely: “From childhood's hour I have not been/As others were;” (Poe lines 1-2). Given my view that Poe is writing about himself, he is simply stating that he was never like other children his age. He grew up in a different way than most children. Next comes the lines: “I have not seen/As others saw;” (Poe lines 2-3). Even when he was a child, he did not have the same outlook on life as other children. Instead of seeing the upside of things, he probably saw the darker underbelly of them. All of those problems that adults are only supposed
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