Symbolism In The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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All of Poe’s writing has some symbolic reasoning or significance to an event that happened in his short life. When Poe’s beloved wife Virginia passed away he wrote the poem Annabelle Lee. The Raven holds even more significance to Poe’s dreary life as he was constantly being surrounded by death. His mother, his adoptive mother Mrs. Allan, his wife Virginia, and his adoptive father were all that he had and death had taken the things he held most precious and dear away from him. Poe fell into depression and was driven to drink; becoming an alcoholic and more rigid as his loved ones disappeared leaving him to face his cruel world alone. Poe’s poem A Dream within a Dream is expressed through his vivid imagery of his own life by stating that …show more content…
When the term Gothic is presented, it is mostly assumed that a person is talking of an Emo or someone who wears mostly black, yet the term Gothic means so much more than that. Gothic is more of a style of writing that Poe took an uncommon interest in. The Gothic writing style is a form of expressing horror, fear, and gloom in pieces of literature which is exactly what Edgar Allan Poe did. He presented these forlorn traits of the Gothic style within the deep meaning of his literary work. The pieces of his work that are known best for including the traits of horror, fear, gloom, and suspense are his short stories The Fall of the House of Usher and The Tell-Tale Heart as well as his essential poem The …show more content…
This poem is much different from all of Poe’s other pieces of poetry as it is personifying the identity of a simple raven as a morbid creature of horridness. Poe compares the raven as the creature of evil after growing frustrated with the raven’s vague responses to the speaker’s rants. The speaker becomes hysterical and Poe writes, ““Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil! — Prophet still, if bird or devil! — whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, Desolate, yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted — on this home by Horror haunted” (Baym, 2013, 688-691). This morbid love poem has implied the grief and sorrow that Edgar Allan Poe suffered until his final days where as he writes in Annabelle Lee, “And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride, In her sepulcher there by the sea— In her tomb by the sounding sea” (Baym, 2013,

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