Literary Devices In Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven

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The style of “The Raven” is affected by the tone, diction, structure, and use of literary devices.
The tone of the Raven is shown by the diction of the poems. Diction is the words the author chooses to use, also known as word choice. The tone of both poems is shown through the diction. The two poems share a common tone which is melancholy. Melancholy is a feeling of sadness. “The Raven” shows this theme when the man is yelling out his loved one’s name, in hopes she is somehow there. “From my books surcease of sorrow, - sorrow for the lost Lenore” (Poe 10). The sadness has no reason behind it, it isn’t clear as to why Lenore is gone. His sadness is clearly shown with the use of the word sorrow. Sorrow means a feeling of deep distress caused
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The styles are similar because of the literary devices, the diction, the tone, and the structure. Simile, the comparison of two or more things using like or as, is a literary device “The Hawk” and “The Raven” had in common. In “The Raven”, the bird is described as evil and to have had demon like features. “And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming” (Poe 105). The raven’s eyes are compared to a demons, so the reader can see the evilness in the bird. Demon is associated with the word evil, which is why the raven is evil. In “The Hawk”, the bird is also described as a demon. “The hawk had demon like features/His eyes resembled evil” (34-35). The bird’s eyes are used to show the bird is also evil along with the word “demon”. Another literary device both poems have in common is personification. Personification is giving a non-human thing human traits or characteristics. Both birds have the ability to speak, which is a human characteristics and not something a bird can usually do. “But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only/That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.”(Poe 56-57). The bird speaks to the man, which is a human trait. In “The Hawk” the bird can speak as well. “He opens his mouth” (37). This shows the bird has the ability to speak which they normally cannot do. Lastly, we both have the literary device alliterations in common. Alliterations …show more content…
The tone, which is the general attitude in a piece of writing, is the same in each poem. The tone is melancholy, a feeling of sorrow for an unknown cause. The tone is supported by the diction. The diction of both poems uses frustrated and sad words to support the tone “The Raven” shows this tone when the man is yelling out his loved one’s name, in hopes she is somehow there. “From my books surcease of sorrow, - sorrow for the lost Lenore” (Poe 10). The sadness has no reason behind it, it isn’t clear as to why Lenore is gone. His sadness is clearly shown with the use of the word sorrow. Sorrow means a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune. In comparison, The Hawk also shares this tone with “The Raven”, the sadness for an unknown reason and the evilness of the bird. “Repeating inside of me/Oh what a tragedy” (23-24). The word tragedy supports the tone because it means an event that has caused great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe. Tragedy supports the tone because of its sorrowful meaning which relates to melancholy. The structure of both poems are also similar. Both poems have stanzas that have six lines each. They each both have a developmental order with one thing leading into the next. The last similarity between the two is the creature. Both poems share a common animal, both being birds. The Hawk and The

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