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by Maya Angelou

Alone Theme of Spirituality

We know from the start of "Alone" that our speaker is struggling to find her spirituality, to feel connected to something greater than herself. She is lying in her bed thinking about how to find her soul a home. As a result of her need and quest for spirituality, she has a revelation about all people. She realizes that in order for people to find homes for their souls, they have to stick together. Community helps spirituality flourish.

Questions About Spirituality

  1. Is this poem about finding religion? Why or why not?
  2. Is this poem advocating spiritual renewal by turning to a god or to a community? What in the poem helps you to come to your conclusion?
  3. How do the references to the Bible contribute to the poem?
  4. Do you think that the alone-ness described in this poem is fixable in this life? Why or why not?

Chew on This

Try on an opinion or two, start a debate, or play the devil’s advocate.

There's no actual cure (in this world) for the alone-ness that the speaker describes in this poem.

The cure for the alone-ness the speaker describes can be found by re-connecting with people around us.

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