Edgar Allen Poe's the Raven Essay

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In his poems and stories, Edgar Allen Poe often returns to the same themes: loneliness, lost love, insanity, and depression. In his poem, “The Raven”, his theme is grief, which is also related to the string of themes he usually incorporates into his works. However, for this specific poem, Poe uses an abundant amount of literary devices to expand on his theme of grief and describe it in a way that readers will be able to understand his feelings throughout this poem. There are many literary devices like alliteration, different types of imagery, assonance, symbolism, metaphors, similes, and more. So in some reader’s opinion, Edgar Allen Poe uses the theme of grief to draw the reader’s interest in his poem, “The Raven”. Poe uses symbolism, …show more content…
When we are scared or panicked, it fills us with a fear that reminds us that we are alive. It overpowers us and makes us feel alive and happy again. The speaker seems like a depressed man, someone who has had a loss at some point in his life, and he gets caught up in that. The appearance of the raven fills him with the terror that brings him back to reality, that he is alive and should live his life no matter how much the grief consumes him. Another literary device that Edgar Allen Poe uses in his text to develop the theme of grief is repetition. Throughout the poem we hear the speaker repeat the words “nothing more” over and over again. It’s a constant repetition that can have different meanings. At some points throughout the poem, when the speaker says “nothing more,” it seems as if he expected something bigger to happen but was disappointed with the turn of events. This comes to show that maybe he was trying to convince himself that he wasn’t in pain from the grief, and that Lenore would show up on his doorstep any minute. That is how some people deal with grief. They pretend to be happy and act as though everything is okay when really inside they’re hurting. The speaker seems to want to get over his grief but doesn’t know how because he keeps repeating Lenore’s name as if he doesn’t know what to do with it anymore. At other points in the poem it seem as though the

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