Analysis Of ' The Raven ' By Edgar Allan Poe

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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is undoubtedly one of the most famous poems ever written. With its haunting imagery and masterfully crafted suspense, as well as the famous refrain “nevermore”, The Raven is mesmerizing, hypnotic, terrifying, exciting, and irresistible. Besides its outstanding sounds and imagery, the secret to the Raven’s persistent and ubiquitous popularity also lies in the universality of the theme with which it deals – namely, the theme of the lost Beloved. At the heart of the plot lies a story of a young man grieving his passed love Lenore. He is falling asleep one night, trying to distract himself from thoughts about her, when he hears a sudden tapping at the door. He opens it, but nobody is there. Soon again he hears a knocking, this time at the window. The Raven flies in, and the Raven is a talking one. With its repeating, never-changing “nevermore,” it drives the narrator insane, leading him into the deepest of despair, and enslaves his soul forever. It tells the narrator he will never find comfort from his memories, nor will he ever be reunited with his Beloved in Heaven. But is there really no hope for our poor narrator? Is there perhaps something about how he perceives Lenore that makes it impossible to escape the prison of his own memory? This essay will answer these questions by analyzing in detail the image of Lenore throughout the poem.
In dealing with the theme of the lost beautiful Lenore, Poe adopts the most melancholy of
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