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Alone by Maya Angelou

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Transcript of Alone by Maya Angelou

Alone by Maya Angelou

Connotation, Attitude, Shifts and Theme
Stanza 2
Stanza 3
The third and final stanza of the poem, the narrator warns the reader of a great storm building over the world and the damaging winds that are soon to come.
Figurative Language
Imagery: "storm clouds are gathering, the wind is gonna blow"
Simile: "their wives run around like banshees"
Personification: "where water is not thirsty"
Alliteration: "alone, all alone"
Metaphor: "millionaires...emotionless hearts"


Attitude and POV
POV: First person

Rhyme Scheme: simple AB, AB pattern

Attitude: desperate, yearning, worried, isolated

Theme
The message of this poem is that humanity needs to unite in order to be successful. She also thinks that humans becoming more independent will eventually have a negative affect on society.
Diction
The repetition in the poem emphasizes the fact about lonliness. The phase "Nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone." points out that everyone needs a companion to survive in the world.
Title Analysis
Instead of titling it something such as "I am Alone" or "We are Alone" she made it a lot more broad. The title gives you an idea of what will come in the poem. It makes you ask yourself "Who is alone?" and "Why are they alone?"
Structure
While the poem contains 3 complete stanzas with 9-10 lines in each, a reoccurring phrase can be found between each of them. Her use of repition helps tie each of the stanzas together.

"Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
can make it out here alone."
Julia Caballero
Paraphrase

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.
"Alone"
Stanza 1
The first stanza of the poem introduces the restless narrator. As the narrator thinks of ways to fufill the longing withing her soul, she comes to a realization that nobody on earth can make it out alone.
The second stanza dives deeper into the idea of human companionship by discussing human stature and wealth. The narrator goes on to say that even the richest people cannot be truly happy without a sturdy foundation of friends and family and how their children, despite their pampered lifestyle, always "sing the blues."
Shifts
At the beginning of the poem you find yourself in the narrator's bedroom late ate night. But at the end of the poem, you find yourself zoomed out, looking at the race of man rather than just yourself. The author shifts perspective, so you can see how alone others are-not just yourself.
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