When I was a child
I played by myself in a
corner of the schoolyard
all alone.

I hated dolls and I
hated games, animals were
not friendly and birds
flew away.

If anyone was looking
for me I hid behind a
tree and cried out “I am
an orphan.”

And here I am, the
center of all beauty!
writing these poems!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Frank O'Hara's poem Autobiographia Literaria


  1. josh mcsnyder says:

    this is a great discription of a child who was somewhat of a loner, and it expresses the way of life for this loner of a child as he discribes himself to be

  2. anne farksworth says:

    frank o hara depicts his childhood in this poem. he tells about how he was the kid with no friends and the one that was always shy and kept to himself

  3. Brittany says:

    This poem gave me a 100 on my recite at school.I love this poem so much not just because of the 100 but because it was about an orphan who was very lonely and then became a famous poet.I love it.

  4. jamie says:

    I liked this pome alot i could relate to this. good luck in all your work. jamie mcginnis

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