Analysis Of The Poem ' The Raven ' By Edgar Allen Poe

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Poetry is essential in today 's literary world. Poetry is used to express any feeling the poet could possibly think to portray. Language is huge in poetry and without proper use of it a poem may not be as strong as others. Poetry is a form of art, and a poet uses language as a painter would use color to portray their art. Edgar Allen Poe is one of the greatest poets in history because his mastery of literary elements such as allusion, allegory, symbolism, and figurative language. “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe is a fascinating poem in which he displays excellent use of language. There are many symbols in this poem which help the reader understand the change in the speaker’s feelings. The first symbol mentioned in the poem is about the…show more content…
So now the readers know Poe is talking about the bird coming seemingly out of the darkness of the underworld through his window. The reader can conclude that the biggest symbol in this poem is the raven. While the other symbols in this story are memorable, there is no doubt that the raven leaves a lasting impression on the reader. The raven is a great choice by Poe as the bird is dark, which is a common occurrence in Poe’s work. Although, the reader can understand that the emphasis that Poe puts on the bird is what embeds the image of the raven in the reader’s head. Poe’s choice of the raven was a difficult one as he had to choose between the dark raven, or the nocturnal owl. In an interview with Susan Archer Weiss, Poe confessed, “The owl is the traditional bird of wisdom for this goddess; secondly, Susan Archer Weiss states that Poe told her he originally had decided to use the nocturnal owl for his prophetic bird” (Lees “An Early Model for Poe’s ‘The Raven’”). Another literary element used in many of Poe’s work is allusion. In “The Raven,” Poe makes many allusions, mostly Biblical and mythological. While the narrator is believed to have a religious come up, it is also believed he is still at war with himself and God, “But with all his religious schooling, the speaker is hardly at peace with either himself or with the larger forces of his universe”
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