Essay about The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer from Boston, Massachusetts who, thanks to his poem, “The Raven”, became one of the most popular poets in the world. (Bloom 47) Some of his most famous poems include “To Helen”, “The Tell Tale Heart” and “The Raven”. Poe mastered the use of diction and tone to give the reader a sense of the grief he felt when he wrote his poems. (Dhahir 1) This was the main reason for the success of his poem “The Raven”. In his poem, “The Raven”, Edgar Allan Poe uses alliteration, personification and refrain to portray the raven as a symbol of grief and express his longing for Lenore. “The Raven” is a poem about a man who is in his room and he is thinking about his lover named Lenore who will never come back to him. He is thinking with a dreary mind because he is on the verge of falling asleep. He hears a “rapping” on his window and it is a “bird of ill omen” that he disregards at first. However, after the speaker is left alone in the dark with his thoughts, the “rapping” begins to be real to him. The raven perches itself “upon a bust of Pallas” and the speaker begins to talk to the bird and ask it questions. The raven simply replies with one word, “nevermore”. While this is likely just a word that the bird’s owner taught it to say, the speaker tries to make his questions to where they fit and the raven is answering his questions. (Bloom 1) While the bird was likely only in the speaker’s room to perch on the bust and it only spoke because it was…

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