Alone – By Edgar Allan Poe

2 Aug

I’ve never read a lot of poetry; not because I don’t like it; I just sometimes feel a bit thick and I just don’t get what the writer’s driving at lol.

Anyway Yesterday I played the first couple of tracks from an Edgar Allan Poe audio book that I downloaded a while back and haven’t got around to yet (The Edgar Allan Poe Audio Collection). The first couple of tracks are read by Basil Rathbone -What a voice that man had!- and one of the tracks was the poem Alone.

I liked the poem so I thought I’d share it. It really sums up that feelings of loneliness and being different. I don’t profess to understand everything he’s getting at in the second half of the poem but then I’ve read several interpretations of it so maybe that’s O.K

What does the poem say to you?


by Edgar Allan Poe

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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