Edgar Allan Poe 's The Raven

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Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most successful writers of all time. Twelve of Poe’s works are known for their literary construction. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most famous poems in history and was first published in 1845. This is a poem that many readers may describe as dark, twisted, and even scary can be oddly moving and eye catching. What were the meanings in his masterpiece, and what did Poe want his readers to understand? Poe’s literary work The Raven shows literary elements of symbolism, theme, and imagery.
First and foremost, a symbol is an object, person, or place that has meaning in it self. This also stands for something bigger, usually an idea or concept. The raven’s darkness symbolizes death. Death becomes a constant reminder and intruder. The raven also symbolizes the narrator’s memories of Lenore and grief. At the end of the poem the narrator himself even realizes the ravens meaning; when he states the raven will be with him forever because thoughts of Lenore will be forever with him. This can be why the ravens symbol is so dark. Additionally, December is another symbol is Poe’s poem. December is in winter, and nothing lives in the winter. December can symbolize death. “December is an end of something, and also the anticipation of something new, a change, to happen.” (Hallqvist). Another symbol many readers see is midnight. Midnight is the darkest part of night. The large, shadowy raven arrives at midnight on a dreary evening, and taunts the
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