Analysis Of Edgar Allan Poe 's ' The Raven '

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Edgar Allan Poe is a very well known writer who specifically liked to write poetry and short stories whose genres included mystery and horror. He’s well known for some of his most popular works such as The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, and Annabel Lee. Edgar Allan Poe has written many different pieces of literary work that make him unique from the rest. His literary works evoke deep thoughts and imagery. Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts but mostly lived in Richmond, Virginia. Poe wrote his first book in 1827 called Tamerlane, and Other Poems. Later on, he published Poems by Edgar A. Poe, Second Edition (Edgar Allan Poe). Throughout the duration of his life span, Poe published many works and quite a few became popular hits. Poe…show more content…
However, the story tells of a large chamber door with a bust of Pallas (a titan god) above the door where the raven sits. The story also describes purple silky curtains rustling in the wind. It sounds like a large room, maybe a library or a lounge area. These few descriptors help to visualize how dated this poem is, as it was published in 1845. The poem is written in what is called a trochaic octameter, meaning there are eight syllable pairs in a line. There is a very noticeable rhyme in this poem. In each stanza you can hear lines ending with an “or” sound. As far as symbolism goes, a very clear symbol would be the raven. The raven symbolizes the returning grief and dark cloud that follows the speaker since Lenore has passed away. Lenore is also a huge symbol in this poem. She seems to be the main focus of this poem. Most assume that she is a wife or girlfriend of the speaker but it is never actually confirmed. The Tell-Tale Heart was published in 1843. It tells of a man who is trying to convince others, and himself, that he is not insane. To prove that he isn’t insane, the narrator tells a story about a man he murdered. The man that was killed by the narrator was an old man who had never done anything wrong. However, he has this awful eye which is “a pale-blue eye with a film over it” (The Tell-Tale Heart). The narrator absolutely despises this eye, and feels that the old man is evil because of it. The old mans eye bothers the narrator so much that he
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