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by Maya Angelou

Alone Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Who do you imagine the speaker to be? What is his/her life like? Would this poem be different if you knew more about the speaker's life? How so?
  2. What do you think is the reason that people feel alone?
  3. Why doesn't this poem offer any solutions? Do you think that there's a good solution to this pervasive alone-ness? If so, what is it?
  4. Would this poem be different if it was talking about loneliness instead of being along? How so?

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