Essay about An Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's The Sleeper

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Death can both be a painful and serious topic, but in the hands of the right poet it can be so natural and eloquently put together. This is the case in The Sleeper by Edgar Allan Poe, as he tackles the topic of death in an uncanny way. This poem is important because it is about the poet’s feelings towards his mother’s death, as well as a person who is dealing with the grief that comes from losing someone you love. In the poem, Poe presents a speaker who uses various literary devices such as couplet, end-stopped line, alliteration, image, consonance, and apostrophe to dramatize coming to terms with the death of a loved one.
The first literary device that can be found throughout the poem is couplet, which is when two lines in a stanza rhyme successfully. For instance, lines 1-2 state, “At midnight, in the month of June / I stand beneath the mystic moon.” This is evidence that couplet is being used as both June and moon rhyme, which can suggest that these details are important, thus leading the reader to become aware of the speaker’s thoughts and actions. Another example of this device can be found in lines 16-17, “All Beauty sleeps!—and lo! where lies / (Her casement open to the skies).” These lines not only successfully rhyme, but they also describe a woman who has her window opened to the skies.
Another crucial literary device that is used within the poem is end-stopped line, this is a line that ends in a full pause through the use of a period or semicolon. For example,…

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