Edgar Allan Poe 's The Raven Essay

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“While Poe is most often remembered for his short fiction, his first love as a writer was poetry” (Edgar Allan Poe). “The Raven,” written by Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most well-known and most-loved poems of our time and the writing style definitely contributes to that.
“The poem is comprised of eighteen stanzas of six lines each, and most frequently employs a meter known as trochaic octameter, which refers to a line containing eight trochees—pairs of stressed and unstressed syllables” (Jason). The poem has an end rhyme scheme of ABCBBB, “but it’s Poe’s internal rhyme that makes the pattern so intriguing” (“Poe’s The Raven). Both can be seen in the first six lines of the poem.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, A
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, B
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, C
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. B
“‘Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door— B
Only this, and nothing more.” B

“The Raven” is considered a narrative poem because it follows a typical plot structure with a narrator leading the reader through the events. The exposition, or the unfolding of characters, setting, and action in “The Raven” is a midnight in wintery December with the tired and weak narrator sitting alone in his bedroom reading old tales and thinking of his lost love, Lenore. The narrator hears a noise and tries to calm himself by…

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