Analysis Of The Poem ' The Conqueror Worm ' By Edgar Allan Poe

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The Conqueror Worm composed by Edgar Allan Poe evaluates the concept of death in society and how it can master its victims ‘Man’. In the poem angels gather together to watch a play that embraces this theme. This poem was published in the year of 1845 and was incorporated into Poe’s short story called “Ligeia”.
Throughout the poem various poetic devices have been utilised to convey several meanings mainly related to the theme of death in regard to mankind due to the presence of sin. Context can also be regarded as a fundamental tool in truly understanding the poem. It helps answer questions such as, why have certain words and theories been incorporated into the text, what factors influenced how Poe constructed the poem both those faced in society and in his very own soul etc.
This poem is constructed in five eight-line stanzas which follow the rhyming scheme of ‘ABABCBCBCB’. This structure can be associated to the fact that that in Poe’s day theatrical acts primarily consisted of five sections (historical context).
The first stanza introduces what the poem shall be about and acts as a type of exposition, where the reader is told about angels who have come to see a play. The angels are described as winged and adorned in veils which cover their faces now ‘drowned in tears’. Here imagery/ diction along with hyperbole have been utilised to show the reader that the play is destined to be a tragedy due to the fact that angels such joyful and happy creatures have been brought into…

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