What Was "Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe About?

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The poem "Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe presents the thoughts of an adult reflecting on his difficult childhood. The narrator says that his stormy temperament comes from spending most of his childhood years alone. Because he did not have anyone with which to share his emotions, the narrator did not develop emotionally as a typical child would. Many scholars interpret the poem as an autobiographical introspective on Poe's youth.