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by Maya Angelou

Isolation Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

Lying, thinking
Last night (1-2)

Sure, our speaker doesn't say that she's alone here – but how many times do you lay awake thinking in the middle of the night with someone else? Not very often. It's fair to assume that our speaker starts out alone.

Quote #2

That nobody,
But nobody  
Can make it out here alone. (8-10)

See? Whoever it is that's alone, they're probably not doing so well. The fact that these lines become the refrain of the poem makes it oh-so-clear that isolation is a central theme in this poem.

Quote #3

Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone. (11-13)

Yup. Whoever you are, you can't make it alone. We're so sure of it, we're going to say it three times over the course of three lines. Repetition much? That's what we thought, too.

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