Poetryanalysis of "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe

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BryannaJ Walker AP Language & Composition 23 January 2015 “The Raven” Poetry Analysis “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is a remarkable tale of desolation told through the eyes of a man who has lost his love and sadly, his mind. The story starts with him hearing sounds of tapping at his window so like what any person would do, he opens it, and a Raven flies in the room. The Raven sits on a statue above the door, and the man just begins to talk to it. It answers back to everything he says with just a single word: "Nevermore." The man then proceeds to ask the bird questions which gradually get more painful and personal, and when the Raven doesn't answer with anything else, the poor man starts to lose his sanity. The repetition of “Nevermore”, that the bird tells the man, is to make a symbolic point in the overall theme of the poem. Poe’s theme is this poem is obviously death, such as having to cope with the passing of a loved one. With that in mind, he makes the scenery dark and dreary; it’s the witching hour. The first line from stanza 5, he states: “Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing…”- this line could connect to how dying is frightening by hinting of death sometimes staring at us in the face. Then, he also includes the Raven, which is a gloomy bird with jet-black feathers, who just gives off an aura of demise. A line would be, “"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil!--prophet still, if bird or devil!” - he is now connecting the bird and how the man is confused on if the bird is good or bad; he alludes to death by calling the bird the devil, the fallen angel who resides in Hell. Even though Poe uses rhyme in this poem, he does it in such a way as to keep the reader interested along with tying in repetition. His repetition of “Nevermore” from the Raven is a great example, because of how the bird symbolizes death and death is

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