Analysis Of Edgar Allen Poe 's ' The Raven ' Essay

1559 Words Dec 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Poetry and rap, two literary works that can be very different, yet they are extremely similar. Poetry is a literary work that may use rhyme, which expresses feelings or ideas in a distinctive style. Rap is a literary work that always uses rhyme, which expresses feelings or ideas in a distinctive style. Poetry however, came first and greatly influenced early rap and still influences rap and rappers today. Because of poetry, rap is what it is today. This is not to say however that some forms of rap are as similar to poetry as other forms of rap. Edgar Allen Poe is much more similar to the artist Kendrick Lamar than Poe is to someone such as Tyga. According to Merriam-Webster, poetry is defined as “Writing that formulates a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience in language chosen and arranged to create a specific emotional response through meaning, sound, and rhythm.” (Webster) One perfect example of Webster’s definition is Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” The Raven has meaning, rhyme, and rhythm that follows through the entire poem. Just the first two lines in Poe’s poem “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore” (838) sets the tone while also including many internal rhymes that effect the emphasizes put on different words. The second word “upon” (838) causes more emphasizes to be placed on the eighth word “pondered” (838), all while the words “dreary and weary” (838) rhyme. Throughout the…

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