Edgar Allan Poe 's The Raven Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe experienced personal tragedies in his life which influenced his writing. His works were considered gothic and usually contained a melancholy and depressed tone. Most of his works also dealt with the theme of death, usually of a woman in the narratives. This style of writing most likely stemmed from the loss of his young wife Virginia. Poe became extremely depressed after her death due to his grief and feelings of loss over Virginia. Poe wrote “The Raven” with his usual melancholy style and incorporated his feelings of grief into the poem’s narrator as well. The feelings of grief evolve in the poem into madness as the depression takes over the narrator. In “The Raven,” Edgar Allen Poe uses symbols, rhyme, and point of view to convey the theme of madness and depression to his audience. The main method Poe uses to convey the feelings of grief and depression in the poem is through the use of symbols. The first symbol Poe uses in the poem is the narrator’s lost love Lenore who the narrator fixates on in his grief. Lenore is obsessed over throughout the poem as an idea rather than a person due to the fact that she is barely described beyond how she is “the lost Lenore” (“The Raven” 688). In the haze of his grief and depression, Lenore the person is forgotten and only the concept of Lenore is left in his thoughts. Over the course of the poem, Lenore ascends from being a dead woman to “a sainted maiden” on par with the angels of heaven through the lens of the…

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