Alone By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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The poem “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe depicts the personal life and challenges Poe faced as a child. The poem begins with Poe explaining how he knew he was different from other children. A quote that clearly portrays this would be, “From childhood's hour I have not been/ As others were-- I have not seen” (Poe ll. 1-2). Poe goes on to explain how he felt abandoned and severed from his peers, stating “And all I lov'd-- I lov'd alone” (Poe 8). I believe the previous quote explains how Poe felt alone after his parents died. Later on in the poem, Poe explains how he would only see the “evil” in life while his peers saw the “good”. This is proven at the end of the poem, when Poe writes, “(When the rest of Heaven was blue)/ Of a demon in my view--” (Poe 21-22). Although the poem is only twenty-two lines, Poe uses multiple poetic device throughout the poem.

Throughout “Alone”, Poe uses various poetic devices to captivate his reader. For instance, Poe uses external rhyme throughout the poem, at the end of each pair of lines. Along with the use of rhyming, Poe also uses descriptive imagery. A main example of imagery in Poe's poem would be, "From the lightning in the sky/ As it pass'd me flying by--/ From the thunder, and the storm--/ And the cloud that took the form" (Poe 17-20). This quote shows the darkness Poe faces, while also allowing readers to visualize a thunder and lightning storm. Another poetic device Poe used in “Alone”, other than imagery and rhyme, is Poe's tone. Poe uses tone to give readers a sense of both isolation and pessimism. The sense of isolation starts in line eight; causing readers to become sympathetic, while also feeling isolated. Along with solitude, Poe includes a pessimistic tone, as he writes, “(When the rest of Heaven was blue)/ Of a demon in my view--” (Poe 21-22). This could be considered pessimistic because it shows Poe saw the evil in life while others saw the good. Along with the use of poetic devices, Poe also portrays a common theme.

The theme of “Alone” is difficult to find, yet a common in literature. The theme Poe uses in “Alone”, is to show how everyone is different. Poe illuminates the...

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