by Maya Angelou
Alone Isolation Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
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.
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.