Theme Of Alone And Alone
Alone by Edgar Allan Poe and Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
Do you know what is worse than being alone? It is to feel lonely even though you are surrounded by people. Everyone has felt lonely at some point in their life but not all overcome it.
Both of my chosen poems, Alone by Edgar Allan Poe and Solitude by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, demonstrate the themes of loneliness and despair. Alone reflects back on the writers past and childhood in a melancholy tone and captures the author’s isolation and torment he faced when he was young while speaking about his own personal loneliness. Solitude, however, illustrates the isolation that sadness and internal despair can bring.
Alone by Edgar Allan Poe was published 1875, after Poe’s …show more content…
His father was known to be abusive and his mother died after his father left them. As a consequence, Poe was orphaned at a young age and was later adopted by John Allan. Despite having a loving family, Poe always felt he had differences with his adoptive family.
Solitude’s opening line, however, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone" suggests that if you are cheerful, then the world will be cheerful with you, and if you are sad, then you shall be sad alone because there is no point weighting down the world with more sadness. Solitude was published in 1883 in the issue of the New York Sun and was inspired by the governors’ ball in Madison, Wisconsin, which Wilcox was attending.
The tone of alone is sombre and dark, supported by the use of words such as sorrow, alone, stormy, thunder and demon. On the other hand, Solitude has a calm, factual and idealistic …show more content…
Another metaphor in this poem is “But alone you must drink life’s gall.” Which implies that if you think negatively, then you shall be negative alone. Additionally, “There is room in the halls of pleasure “as halls are often associated with the connection of large groups of people and that many people can be happy at the same time. “But one by one we must all file on through the narrow aisles of pain.” Also uses metaphors to compare pain to “narrow aisles” which means that it is hard to go through or