Comparitve Analysis of 'the Raven' & 'Tell Tale Heart' by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comparative Analysis of the Tell Tale Heart and the Raven

Edgar Allen Poe was the author of several daunting works of literature. Two examples of Edgar Allen Poe's literature are "The Tell Tale Heart" and "The Raven." If we compare these two works, one a short story and the other a poem, we will see that Poe shows great mastery of symbolism, as well as other forms of literary technique. In these two stories, many people would say that Poe uses the tales to reflect the way he perceives life in general. Poe makes obvious use of symbolism, metaphors and imagery within these two works of literature.

Within the poem "The Raven" Edgar Allen Poe uses imagery, in many different forms. Imagery is words that are used to create a
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This "she" most definitely resonates as Poe's wife. [pic]The speaker then laments his wife's death and starts using exclamation points to stress his sadness at the recollection. When he says "quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore," the speaker is beseeching the bird to spare him the memory of "Lenore." Another interpretation of the phrase is that Poe is using the speaker to try and beg some supernatural being, the raven, not to take his wife's life.
The speaker also mentions Seraphim, a very high ranked angel who was fiery with ardor for divinity in the Genesis, hence the mention of incense. Here, the speaker seems to be trying to scare the raven away so that he would not remember the sad fate of his wife. He even goes so far as to ask the raven "is there balm in Gilead," a hill of testimony east from the Jordan River, meaning can he do anything to bring his wife back to life. Of course, here, since the speaker's wife is already dead, it is more precise to say that Poe is asking the question through the speaker so that he may know a way to cure his own wife's suffering. The bird consistently and unfortunately replies with "nevermore" and refuses to leave, always haunting the speaker's and Poe's soul and

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