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Alone by Edgar Allan Poe


"Alone" is a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe. It was written after the death of Poe's foster mother Francis Allan in February of 1829. It went unpublished until September 1875 when his published it in Scribner's Monthly. Even though this poem is often believed to have been written on March 17, 1829, the date was actually added by E. L. Didier when he edited the manuscript in 1875.

In this poem, Poe writes about his seemingly horrid childhood and its effects it had on him.

This writing is made up of only one stanza and it rhymes as couplets.



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

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 19th Century

Childhood, Death