Analysis Of The Poem ' The Raven ' Essay

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Edward Rybak
Professor Bessenbacher
English M01B
15 April 2015
The Dichotomy of Death
In “The Raven,” by Edger Allen Poe, the speaker is driven to madness as a result of essentially lamenting over the death of his beloved Lenore. This theme of meditating on death also runs through out John Keats “Ode to a Nightingale.” Although the central theme of these two poems is in essence based upon the same subject, the perspectives taken by the two authors are so immensely different that they demand an entirely different reaction from the reader.
Both poems make use of symbolism to great effect. The use of birds in order symbolize concepts that are crucial to human existence is clear in both pieces. In the Raven Poe uses the imagery of the Raven to represent death, lost love, grief, separation, and madness. The symbolism behind the Raven is perhaps made most clear in the fifth line of the eighth stanza “Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore! /Quoth the Raven Nevermore” (Poe 47-8). The night’s Plutonian Shore is representative of all negative aspects of death, Plutonian stems from the Pluto is the Greek god of the underworld, the resting place of the dead in ancient Greek mythology. Night has an importance because it is commonly associated with death and nothingness. Another bit of symbolism hidden with in the first stanza is the reference to the midnight hour, Often the hour of midnight is used to represent the end or death of something same with the use…

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