Comparing Trochaic Octametre And The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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A comparison between two short poems written in the same verse form, showing how different effects may be produced in the same form.

Trochaic octametre is a fairly uncommon verse form and is not often seen in many poetic works; it consists of eight feet of consecutively stressed followed by unstressed syllables in each line, making it a difficult style to pull off. However, when it is employed, it crafts a winding narrative within the poem that captivates the reader and takes them along on a journey with the speaker of said poem. Two examples that share this unique verse form are ‘Clancy of the Overflow’ by A.B. “Banjo” Paterson (most well known for composing the lyrics to the bush ballad ‘Waltzing Matilda’) and ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allan Poe. While both poems successfully craft engaging stories with the help of this verse from, they differ in many aspects as well, due to the varied nature of their subject matter and overall tone set by the speaker. By taking a close look at how the poems are mirror in some aspects and differentiate in others, through close reading and analysis of both, an identification can be made that while the unique verse form used by both poets can create overlapping features synonymous with this style, other methods can be employed to alter the tone and effect each poem takes on.

One obvious similarity between the two aforementioned works is the narrative style of both poems. The story of ‘The Raven’ follows the plight of a sleepless narrator,…

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