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Comment 47 of 364, 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 364, 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
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 364, added on February 19th, 2011 at 7:33 PM.

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Poet: Maya Angelou
Poem: Alone
Added: Apr 13 2005
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Poem of the Day: Oct 25 2008

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