Analysis Of The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is a poem about losing a loved one and death. The poem provides insight into the feelings of a man who recently lost his love and he attempts to distract himself from the sadness that he is facing through unreasonable thinking and actions. His coping methods prove to be unhelpful because a single visitor, the raven, appears at his chamber and puts an end to his solitude. Throughout the poem, Edgar Allan Poe incorporates repetition, symbolism and imagery to implement the theme. The loss of a loved one causes emotional distress and cannot be overcome through sensible thinking.

Poe has demonstrated his theme by using repetition and connotation. A word that is constantly repeated throughout the poem is “Nevermore”. This word can have multiple meanings. However, Poe ultimately wants the readers to come to the conclusion that the man will never have a chance to see Lenore again because she has passed away. This relates back to the idea that the loss of a loved one greatly affects one’s life and may cause them emotional distress. It will continue to affect their life, until they can find a way to forget, or come to terms with their thoughts and feelings. The word “Nevermore” has a direct connection to its antonym, forever. The man will never see his true love again, so he is filled with sorrow forever. “Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!’ Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.’” The man wants to numb the pain he is feeling through the use of medicine, which is unreasonable. The repetition of the answers from the Raven and the willingness to go to extreme lengths to numb his feelings echo his heartache and irrationality that he is experiencing in the poem. The Raven is also a connotation for death or how unstable the man is in terms of his mental state and emotions.
Poe utilizes symbolism by the use of the Raven. The Raven is a symbol for death in a literal and figurative way. The poem begins normally. However, once the man talks to the Raven, things start to shift. The poem becomes very unusual. This is the first sign of the man’s irrational thoughts. “Till I scarcely more than muttered, ‘Other friends have flown before/ On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes
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