Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: A Brief Summary

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Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe was a great American writer and poet who did many things for literature in his time. Poe was born on January 19th, 1809 and soon after became an orphan due to his parents death (Academy of American poets, Web). The following events consist of Poe being adopted by a man named John Allan (Of which he did not fully and legally adopt Poe), Going to the best schools available and showing himself as a superlative student, later being kicked out due to insufficient funds, And Later becoming the person who paved the path for modern poetry and short stories.
The first story of Poe’s that I am going to review is “The Raven”. This Poem had first appeared in the “Evening Mirror”, and had made way for many parodies to come.
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This begins by the tolling of Morning bells. This can be inferred by the fact that Poe calls them Musical and joyous. The next set of bells, he explains, are the bells of a wedding. He describes these as golden and Happy. He then goes on to Tell of the bells of an alarm. He calls these Alarum bells, which, given the fact that he calls them full of terror, can be translated to alarm bells, such as if there’s a fire or a robbery.The next bells he goes on to tell about are the bells of a funeral and explains this by saying that they have a “monotone of solemn thought”(Kinsella 931-34). Poe also tells of people up in a church steeple, that are “not man, nor brute, but ghouls”(Kinsella 931-34). Ghouls, in the era, were associated with the thought of death. So, we can infer that these are the funeral bells sounding.
The Raven, the first poem reviewed, has the literary elements of a first person P.O.V., figurative language, fiction, imagery, narrative poetry, and a prologue. This may have been inspired by Poe’s questioning of an afterlife at the end of his life. The Bells has the literary elements of figurative language, allusions, narrative poetry, Onomatopoeia, omniscient P.O.V., and a grim tone. This poem may have been inspired by Poe not being able to think because of so many bells, seeing the narrator as somewhat complaining about the bells in the end of every
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: a biography”, Web). He is most known for his poetry and horror stories, such as “The Raven”, “The Cask of Amontillado”, or “The Tell-tale heart”. Poe also wrote some of the first sci-fi stories, such as his story “The Unparalleled adventure of Hans Pfall”. Poe, unlike other authors, has been classified as his own kind of writer, worrying less about putting his feelings into his work, but keeping his poetry and stories separated from his life(Academy of American Poets, Web).
Edgar Allan Poe died on October 7th, 1849, after being found unconscious three days prior and not regaining. Medical Files show that he may have been suffering from rabies for quite some time before he died(“E.A.P.: a biography”, Web). He had done many things for literature including poems and stories and throughout his life came from being known as an average, everyday person to being known as one of the greatest American poets known to modern

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