Edgar Allan Poe 's The Raven Essay

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American Romanticism was the first well known literary movement in the U.S. Romantics saw America as a place of ambiguity, of corruption and death. Romantics sought to journey away from civilization and limits, and towards nature and imagination. They wanted to capture American landscape and culture and valued intuition over reasoning. American writer’s Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne both illustrate romanticism through their works. Edgar Allan Poe loved to peer into the darkness of life (“The Raven “25). As a dark romantic poem, “The Raven”, illustrates the supernatural and emotional aspect of Romanticism.
“The Raven” is a poem about a man who is grieving over the loss of his wife. During his grief a raven appears to the man. This raven, though, is no ordinary Raven. Unlike all animals except humans, this Raven can speak. This represents the supernatural part of romanticism. A speaking raven is all but natural or ordinary. He comes to the man saying nothing but “Nevermore” (45). A bird having the ability to speak is not only supernatural, but the fact that he is communicating with the man in the poem and answering questions that the man has, fits the eerie feeling that the poem gives off. It makes the tone of the poem even more mysterious. Also, the fact the raven is only using the word “Nevermore” makes the story even more mysterious. This repetition of the word frustrates the narrator, but also is a way to make the poem more dramatic. It leaves thought in the…

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