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    • POEM: To M.L.S. by Edgar Allan Poe (5/24/2007 9:10:00 PM)

      Some poeple may question the reason of their existence. They see poeple acting foolish. They

      wonder what they could possibly contribute to the world. In O me! O life! , by Walt Whitman, the

      speaker questions the reason for his existence and his part in the big picture.

      The speaker sees many poeple, but what are they really doing in life? He sees 'endless trains

      of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish, ' but he doesnt think he is any better than the rest.

      'Myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)

      He wants to see new improvements and creations, but all he sees is 'the poor results of all—

      of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me.' He doesn't know what good there is in people;

      how creative they can be and what they can achieve. The speaker has the mindset of 'if they can't,

      then I can't.'

      So, he also questions himself, and what good he can do as an individual. He knows he has a

      wasted past behind him; 'Of the empty and useless years of the rest, ' and doesn't think he can do

      anything important. The speaker may be considering someing drastic, like suicide, or simply making a

      prayer. However, the answer is found: 'That you are here—that life exists, and identity;

      That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.'

    • POEM: Alone by Edgar Allan Poe (5/23/2007 8:51:00 PM)

      Many people have had been through the experience of not fitting in. It may be for a variety of reasons. In Alone, by Edgar Allen Poe, the speaker expresses himself and his feelings about not fitting in. 'From childhood's hour I have not been As others were; I have not seen As others saw; ' Not only is he alone in action, he is alone in thought. All the hardships he has suffered, he has suffered alone. All the joys he has experienced, he has also enjoyed alone. The speaker has trouble relating to other people his feelings about things. He has learned to take poeple's indifference as it comes, ' From every depth of good and ill'.