Essay The Raven By Edgar Allen Poe

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Mental illness is a problem that has plagued society for centuries. Sadness is an emotion that all people have experienced in their lives, particularly after the loss of a loved one. When sadness turns in to depression, and obsessive rumination defies reason, mental illness takes over and spirals out of control. In the Raven, Poe uses to uses diction, tone, imagery, symbolism, and rhythm show that depression and mental illness are relentless.
The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe is a narrative poem about a man who is depressed over the death of the woman he loves. Poe uses melancholic, but formal, diction throughout the poem to depict the narrator’s solemn mood. In stanza eight, lines four and five, “Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore!—Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!” Poe’s use of the descriptive word “night” depicts a dark, dreary setting for the poem. Plutonian shore is synonym for Hell. According to Hallqvist, Pluto is the God of the underworld in Roman mythology. Poe’s use of the phrase “Ghastly grim and ancient raven” shows the reader that the raven is a demon from shores of hell, and sets the mood of the story.
Another example of Poe’s effective use of diction is The Raven keeps repeating the word, “Nevermore”, whenever the narrator asks him a question. Regardless of the question asked, his answer never changes. The Raven is taunting the narrator by not giving him any hope at all that he will see…

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