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Analysis and comments on Alone by Maya Angelou

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Comment 49 of 319, added on February 12th, 2012 at 4:43 AM.
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Comment 48 of 319, added on December 25th, 2011 at 8:07 AM.
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Comment 47 of 319, added on September 8th, 2011 at 11:33 AM.
Compare two states

I liked so much your poem, this shows both poor and rich are always alone.

Mercedes from Peru
Comment 46 of 319, added on August 28th, 2011 at 11:39 PM.
Analysis: attitude towards the rich

I think the poet thinks that the rich are heartless people, unsympathetic,
selfish, helpless, sad and pitiful people.
From why I think the poet thinks they are heartless, selfish and
unsympathetic is when she states “Heart of Stone”, a phrase which is
commonly used to describe heartless people, we get that she thinks the rich
are heartless. I think that she thinks they are unsympathetic and heartless
as when she, at the start of the poem, shows a state of a person who is
likely to be homeless, with no water and food, “how to find my soul a home,
where water is not thirst, and bread loaf is not stone”, showing contrast
between the two states of the rich, who are “millionaires”.
I can see how to poet thinks that the rich are helpless when she states
that “They have doctors to cure their hearts of stone”. This shows that
the rich want to cure themselves of “hearts of stone”, but, as we all know,
psychological problems usually are not able to be cured by a doctor.
Furthermore, “there are some millionaires with money they can’t use”, tells
us that the rich are helpless in knowing how to spend their own money, and,
we can infer that the rich men are either overworked, or have no wants, or
no one to spend it on. However, another aspect of their heartlessness can
be seen as the rich have so much money that even they do not know how to
spend it, yet they still do not give it out to the poor, who does not even
have enough money to own a home or satisfy their basic needs.
To see the poet’s view of the rich being sad can be seen when “Their wives
run around like banshees, their children sing the blues”. The fact that the
wives run around, crying like a banshee says that they cry really loudly
and sadly, while children, who are often depicted as happy and carefree,
actually sing the blues--- the phrase in which blues is sadness, but
children normally sing rhymes and have fun, not sing a sad song, or do sad
things.
I think that she thinks the rich are pitiful as she is also comparing them
against the poor. Before that, in saying the rich have “expensive doctors
to cure their hearts of stone”, she mocks the rich as we know that hearts
of stone can’t be cured by doctors alone, and that they are trying to
attain something through their own material wealth alone. But, in comparing
the rich and the poor, it shows that both of them are sad, and we can see
that the poor person, and the rich, have no close companion, and it shows
that the poet thinks that the rich are no better than the poor as they both
have not attained happiness whether rich or poor, and she thinks both of
them are lonely.
Thus I think that the poet somewhat detests the rich for their selfishness
and heartlessness, but yet pities them for not being able to be happy even
though they have all the money, and that they are helpless in knowing their
own needs.


Kelsie from Singapore
Comment 45 of 319, added on February 19th, 2011 at 7:33 PM.
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Comment 44 of 319, added on January 8th, 2011 at 8:08 AM.
nice

I really like these poem alone..It is the beautiful way of expressing the
need of each other

Mariane Elaiza Cerenado from Philippines
Comment 43 of 319, added on September 14th, 2010 at 3:01 PM.
Alone Poem.

Nice poem ! Like it very much!

Josette Lina Micallef from Malta
Comment 42 of 319, added on March 4th, 2010 at 8:09 AM.

your poem alone is so true and so touching............i love it.....its
simply beautiful

aishwarya from India
Comment 41 of 319, added on February 24th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 40 of 319, added on January 12th, 2010 at 10:27 PM.

Alone is a great poem about the necessity of human connection. It's very
straightforward, but still has a deep and important message; we cannot go
through the difficulties of life without strong relationships and love.
Otherwise, we self-destruct. I noticed a few posts mentioning a connection
to a god, but I don't see any evidence of this in the poem. Angelou is
likely religious, but I just don't see that connection in the poem itself.
It is the fact that happiness does not come through material means, but
through deep connections with other people.

Mr. C from Canada

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: Alone
Added: Apr 13 2005
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