Study Guide

Alone Suffering

By Maya Angelou

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How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone (3-5)

It's interesting that Angelou describes loneliness as a sort of homelessness – except there's no way to go house hunting in this world. At least, not yet.

There are some millionaires
With money they can't use (14-15)

Think that money will solve your problems? Think again. There's no particular way to pay your way into happiness.

Their wives run round like banshees (16)

Having money actually seems to turn people into something less than a human being. A banshee is a spirit announcing the upcoming death of another person. 

The race of man is suffering
And I can hear the moan, (30-31)

Don't worry – we're all in this suffering together. Feel better? You probably shouldn't. After all, it takes our speaker to point out that we're all suffering. We probably wouldn't even know if not for her.

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