Analysis Of ' The Raven ' And The Overwhelming Power And Sadness Of The Death Of A Loved One

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Critical Analysis
This critical analysis essay is about Poet Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven” and the overwhelming power and sadness of the death of a loved one. There is such sorrow and even anticipation that the poem invokes in the reader. The poem can be quite dreary and full of gloom, but the author also makes it sound eerie but somehow beautiful and lyrical especially when reciting it orally. Poe was a remarkable writer and known as being a bit peculiar in person and in his writings. Poe’s uses the 18 stanzas of the poem to establish dark, morose and dreary feelings but then enhancing this by his using Christian symbolism of death and the hereafter.
Edgar Allan Poe was born on the 19th day of January 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. Both parents died before he was three and John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia became his foster parents. He attended the University of Virginia in 1826 and excelled academically but had to leave after a few months because of debt. His foster father was a miser and provided only a third of the college tuition. He was desperately poor and had to burn the furniture in his room to keep warm. When he returned home it was to find his fiancée’ engaged to another man, he was heartbroken. He then enlisted in the United States Army and discharged in 1829. In 1827, he published his first volume of poems. In 1836, he married Virginia Clemm, who he loved dearly. From 1836 to 1846, he was a struggling journalist for magazines in Philadelphia…

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