Suspense And Tension In Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven

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Edgar Allen Poe, an American writer, is one of the most renowned poets of all time. He describes his poems with the most brilliant of imagination and vocabulary. Poe is known to be the first master of the short story form, especially tales of mysterious and macabre. Poe uses intense imagery to create fear, doubt, and tension in the readers mind. Even after his death many writers owe it to him for being their inspirational writer. Poe’s crazy life began early when both his parents died before he was four years old. He was eventually adopted by a wealthy tobacco merchant, John Allen who was never able to file the emotional void in Poe’s life. At the age of 13 Poe had enough written to make a book but his adoptive father forbid the …show more content…
The Raven presents several elements of traditional gothic literature. Poe starts the story off by presenting the gothic element of mystery. It starts with the strange tapping on the door, but when the narrator checks, “darkness there and nothing more” (Poe line 24). The poem only gets more mysterious from the point on. When he opens the window a bird flies in, the narrator is curious as to why the bird flew in but it only offers “Nevermore” as the answer. By the end of the poem the reader is left to think the raven is only a figure of the narrator’s imagination, when really the raven is supposed to symbolize his past lover. With the raven symbolizing the deceased this brings in the next gothic element, death. Poe uses death in his poem(s) to create fear and sadness in the …show more content…
This poem seeks to tell the allegorical history of mankind. As an audience of weeping angels watches a play performed by mimes, the mimes chase a “phantom” which they never capture. The gothic element of the supernatural comes in after they start chasing the phantom. A supernatural “crawling shape intrude (Poe line 27)” emerges and eats all the mimes. The plot of this poem describes sin, madness, and horror. As the play progresses to the end you come to find that humanity is puppets who are victims to the conqueror worm, also known as the devil. The supernatural does not die but the angels “all pallid and wan (Poe line 37)” mourn to the conqueror worms victory with the

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