Lying, thinking
Last night
How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone
I came up with one thing
And I don’t believe I’m wrong
That nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires
With money they can’t use
Their wives run round like banshees
Their children sing the blues
They’ve got expensive doctors
To cure their hearts of stone.
But nobody
No, nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely
I’ll tell you what I know
Storm clouds are gathering
The wind is gonna blow
The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan,
‘Cause nobody,
But nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Maya Angelou's poem Alone

40 Comments

  1. Mercedes says:

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

  2. Kelsie says:

    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.

  3. Mariane Elaiza Cerenado says:

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

  4. Josette Lina Micallef says:

    Nice poem ! Like it very much!

  5. aishwarya says:

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

  6. Mr. C says:

    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.

  7. Carrie Wade says:

    I think there is more meaning than just saying that a person can’t live alone, I think she means that we as a people can’t live without the other people of this world…I think she means that even if you have a great life with a great wife and a great family you still need to exsist in the company of humanity. That is why I think she mentions that the human race is suffering and she hears it moaning from the pain of racism and separation due to other prejudice. No race or culture or religious organization can live in isolation from the rest of humanity.

  8. Jon Raduazzo says:

    I believe that this poem is discussing how a person cannot live life without companions in both loving family and friends and faith in God. Money and trophy wives can give you temporary pleasure, but in the end youll still end up alone. And no one but no one can make it alone. A person needs to sharing a loving bond with others and the presence of God will always be with them and give them something to live for.

  9. charde wright says:

    nice poem

  10. dexter says:

    this poem is so true i really love this it reminds me of my od lady i LOVE it

  11. RAYONNA says:

    I READ YOUR POEM IN SCHOOL ONCE AND I LOVE YOUR POEM. FOR MY BLACK HISTORY PROJECT I DO U .

  12. Samantha says:

    my goodness, i love your poetry! that poem is so true. keep up the AWESOME WORK

  13. Joseph Gillespie says:

    i feel in this poem it is one of the most superb works maya has had.
    it makes me feel all boobly inside
    if i was to have a tractor i would name it Stan because of this poem
    adios

  14. taylor says:

    hey i really like all of maya angelou’s poems but i really like “alone”

    it is really good and until my l.a. teacher made my sixth grade class do a poem prodject on a poet and assigned me maya angelou

    i mean i had heard of her but never really known anything about her.

  15. Kristen says:

    OMG!I’m sorry, but everytime I get sad or mad I just run to this poem. I like it soo much becuz it explains me and my life also becuz the words in it are so powerful if u just listen carefully.

  16. Deja says:

    I like this poem because it seems like from my point of view it was as if someone was sitting down watching a certain person watching there every move for that one day, i think that Maya took their actions and put it into words, but for the next day she watched another person and saw how mcuh they struggled and put those in words also. But in the end it shows that your cannnot make it out alone. No matter hoe much you struggle your not alone so why should you make it out alone.

  17. Deja says:

    I like this poem because it express’s feelings. To me its as if someone sat down and watched a certain persons life all day and were able to write about. And the next day a different person with a different situation and i think that Maya was able to show these actions in many different words. But in the end of all this no matter how much trouble your in and you cant get out of if, no matter what you cant make it out alone.

  18. Jalisha Britton says:

    THIS POEM COMING FROM HER HEART I FEEL THAT SHE IS BEING VERY HONEST BUT IN MY OPINONSHE IS TALKING ABOUT HER SELF IN LIFE IN A RELATIONSHIP B/C NO ONE CAN MAKE IT OUT OG HERE ALONE IF THEY DO THEY WILL NOT BE HAPPPY SO I WILL TAKE THIS POEM AND RUN WITH IT BUT TO ALL THE LADIES YOU KNOW THIS IS REAL FROM HERT HEART MIND BODY AND SOUL. YOU MUST LOVE THAT SOMEONE EWITH THE SAME THING SO YOU WONT END UP ALONE.

  19. Quackers says:

    Great poem that is easy for children and adults to read. I loved it so much that I am going to do my poetry project on Maya Angelou and her wonderful poem Alone. It is so true about how lonely we can all be at times and how if you are far from anywhere or anyone else you will have a hard time surviving and will be VERY sad. I know from experience that this does not feel good. Keep writing Maya!!!!

  20. Shantreece McIntosh says:

    I really liked this poem by Maya because it shows and tells the feelings of lots of people.I think that I am one of those people.All of Maya’s poems are great, but I think that this is one of the best.

  21. Mikel says:

    I’m sittin’ here watching “Poetic Justice” Janet Jackson & Tupac Shakur,(for the trillionth time), and just now reconizing this poem was in the beginning of the movie. Always knew you had a small role in the movie itself but I thought Miss Jackson wrote the poems. Now I know. Much appreciation from one poet to another.

  22. yelly says:

    I have always always loved this poem. It is so true, and so simple in its being. I feel this keenly, the feeling of alone. I just simply love this poem.

  23. debbie says:

    the alone is very terrific
    i always enjoy Ms.Angelous poems and anything she
    reads or writes is absolutely MAGNIFICENT
    Sincerely,
    debbie bowlin
    from ohio

  24. Cindy says:

    Thank you for your poem. I do not understand one thing in my life—-Why do I feel so alone and desperate to have someone to really love me, when I do have someone I am married to, and we say to each other that we love one another?

  25. James Miles says:

    The hatefullness of lonliness once set fire to my eyes-
    Millions watched, or so i thought, as deep inside i died-
    Truth be told i was loved, but still outside i cried-
    My inner fears showed in tears, swallowing my pride-
    I thought that i would never see a light in all this dark-
    And then again lonliness found itself a spark-
    So to you who bear, the burden of dark and lonely nights-
    Know that you are the truth and that alone is Bright…

  26. Shalima Boatwright says:

    I love this poem because I use to feel like I would be able to make it on my own whaen I get older but you do need a little help to get started

  27. Cheryl says:

    Alone, Alone is a very touching poem. It doesn’t take a Genious to figure out what she is talking about.We have the Lord Jesus Christ who is always and have always been on our side,with us, therefore, we are NEVER ALONE!If you think you are alone, than you are alone.

  28. KIA says:

    I TELL PEOPLE EVERYDAY THAT NONE CAN MAKE IT IN THIS CURE WORLD ALONE.NOT 1 PERSON YOU MAY THINK YOU CAN DO IT ALL ALONE,BUT I SAY NONE CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. jon says:

    ALONE
    Maya Angelou is the voice of America, From her shores she projects around our vast planet a message of freedom, there is a geniune understanding of the beauty that life offers, and the misery that is inflicted too. Maya inspires honesty and captures life in words. She is without doubt an exceptional poet and a beautiful human being. I am an uneducated man who works as a cleaner, but I recognise compassion and goodness from that which I read. Truly an Angel

  30. ashley says:

    I really understand where she is coming from in this poem. I too have felt alone many of times. I have felt so alone that sometimes I would have to cry just so I can feel better. I have been through so much in my life and I am still going through alot. I am currently 14 years old. I truly admire you and the fact that you are brave enough to to the things that you do. I have read so many of your poems and I have been so inspired by each and every one them that I have read. I love you.
    ashley

  31. kalah marie mooney says:

    this is one of my favorite peom because I also wrote a peom called alone i wish you could read it i’m currently 14 years old attending chipman jr high school. I love you alot Love Kalah Marie Mooney.

  32. Ian Garland says:

    This was such a good poem. It really shows how life iss nothing if you dont have someone to share it with. Money cant buy you permanent happiness only friends family and God can.

  33. artie archie says:

    This poem realy moved me. It truly shows that if you are alone, than you cant be happy.

  34. katie says:

    I love this poem! It shows us that everyone needs love and support. We will never be alone.

  35. valencia says:

    what mad you do this poem. why to make you get the pressure of your heart because of your problems or because if your life what made you feel a fright that nobody can survived being alone

  36. Brenecia Washington says:

    i love this poem because it goes along with my life and it was one of the many reasons i have changed my ways.

  37. Cameron says:

    I remember that the first time I heard this poem was in the movie Poetic Justice with Tupac Shakur and Janet Jackson. I remember watching a scene in the movie where Maya Angelou guest starred and I thought to myself…”This is the woman that has so much heart and has been through so much that she can convey it so eloquently in verse…” I don’t know exactly where I’m going with this…I just know that this poem reaches something

  38. alexa says:

    this poem really moved me. It reminds me that nobody can be happy alone. people think that money can buy them happiness but in the end they will be miserable.

  39. jessica says:

    I really like this poem because it is true and it describes allot of things that I am going through and when I read it I really liked it

  40. trice says:

    i just wanted to say i love this poem..it has alot of emotion and depth. i truly can relate.

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