The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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Edgar Allan Poe’s Poem “The Raven” shows a dark reflection of lost hope, death and loss of a loved one. This poem goes through the emotions with the young man who has lost a loved one, and tries to distract himself from the hurt and sadness by reading books. These books turn out to be no help because of the nightmares of one visitor, the raven. Poe uses elements like symbolism, tone and imagery to enforce his theme of sadness and loss of his loved one throughout the poem. The poem displays imagery and characters in two different aspects, light and darkness. Everything mentioned in the poem can be placed into the light or darkness category. An example is when Lenore is described as radiant, this attaches to the world of light with the angels she has joined. Another image of light is the lamplight used to light the chamber. This takes away from the dreary darkness that is outside. The time of year, is a dark and December night at midnight, which shows the aspect of darkness with the time and date. “And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain thrilled me-filled me with fantastic terrors never felts before..” This is a perfect description of the setting to the poem. Poe uses vivid adjectives to describe the scene of horror and uncertainty, this is also where you get a feeling of how the narrators is, he is thrilled by the fantastic terrors, showing that he enjoys the paranoia of the situation. The young man is hopeful for an afterlife with Lenore but…

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