How does the poem "Alone" tie in with Edgar Allan Poe's life?
"Alone" is a poem told in the first-person point of view as an adult looks back on his childhood. The narrator realizes that a childhood of isolation and loneliness separated him from other children and not only affected his life as a child but continues to affect him in the present day. Much of Poe's work has an autobiographical tone to it, and "Alone" is no exception. There is evidence of isolation, rejection, and loneliness in Poe's upbringing that can very easily allow readers to believe that the "I" narrator in "Alone" is, in no small part, Poe himself.
Many people assume Poe was an only child; in fact, he had a brother and a sister who went to live with different families when Poe's mother died. This separation from his siblings could have contributed to the sense of loneliness so prevalent throughout the narrator's childhood.
Readers can see Poe's childhood upbringing in the very first line of the poem:
From childhood’s hour I have not beenAs others were—I have not seenAs others saw—I could not bringMy passions from a common spring—
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