Essay The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

809 Words Nov 19th, 2014 4 Pages
Edgar Allan Poe has a number of common themes, motifs and structures that make his work easily recognizable and more importantly, fits them into the Gothic writing category. His writing displays themes of death, darkness, the supernatural, and more. This is especially evident in one of his poems, “The Raven.” In the poem, a man is mourning the loss of his true love when he is visited by an ominous Raven seeming to possess abnormal powers. The Raven symbolizes the man’s grief, and he eventually succumbs to this grief. Through many elements - including a vividly gloomy setting, the narrator’s mysterious actions, and his spooky dialogue - Edgar Allan Poe is able to create an overall Gothic tone in “The Raven.” Each eerie detail that Poe uses to create the setting in “The Raven” contributes to its Gothic tone. Throughout the poem, he continuously describes strange elements that give it a very creepy quality. In the beginning, the narrator is setting the mood and telling the reader what is going on at the time. “Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor” (p 167). Certain words that Poe chose to use, such as “bleak,” “dying,” and “ghost,” are often associated with Gothic writing. This type of diction introduces the poem with an eerie mood. When the narrator is later addressing the Raven, he carries on describing the setting. “‘Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted - On this home by…

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