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Alone by Edgar Allan Poe (published 1875)

Discussion in 'Quotes & Poems' started by creedito, Sep 1, 2015.

  1. creedito

    creedito Forum Veteran Established

    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
    My sorrow -- I could not awaken
    My heart to joy at the same tone --
    And all I lov'd -- I lov'd alone --
    Then -- in my childhood -- in the
    Of a most stormy life -- was drawn
    From ev'ry 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 roll'd
    In its autumn tint of gold --
    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
    (When the rest of Heaven was blue)
    Of a demon in my view --
    [Poe wrote this poem in the autograph
    album of Lucy Holmes, later Lucy
    Holmes Balderston. The poem was
    never printed during Poe's lifetime. It
    was first published by E. L. Didier in
    Scribner's Monthly for September of
    1875, in the form of a facsimile. The
    facsimile, however, included the
    addition of a title and date not on the
    original manuscript. That title was
    "Alone," which has remained. Doubts
    about its authenticity, in part inspired
    by this manipulation, have since been
    calmed. The poem is now seen as one
    of Poe's most revealing works.]
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  2. thanks for posting :)
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