Literary Elements Of The Raven

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The Modern Dark Raven Literary Elements and Modernization used in, “The Raven”, is one of the most well known pieces of poetry created by Edgar Allen Poe. It was considered to be a terrifying tale back in the day when it was written (1845) but now is not really considered to be scary. Although it does not scare people as it used to The Raven is one of Edgar Allen Poe’s best work of literature. It even has been incorporated in modern day tv shows as well as has its own movie adaptation. He is well known for his dark mind and complex diction that he uses to create creepy pieces of writing that any reader can connect too. Through the eyes of Poe speaker there is a vast amount of symbolism and dark imagery used to expressed within his poem,…show more content…
Words like, “Tis” are not relevant today and the sentence structure can is that of old english from the 1800’s which present throughout the poem. While this could make it hard for a reader to understand, it could quite possibly make the reader go back in the text and try to understand it having a better idea on what the poem is actually about. Poe’s use of symbolism is an extremely important part in The Raven. The two most iconic symbols in this poem were the actual raven itself and “The Lost Lenore”. The raven symbolizes a bitter reminder of Lenore. It is very clear in the poem that he misses and grieves the loss of Lenore. In the second stanza of “The Raven” the narrator describes his sorrow for Lenore. “Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor Eagerly I wished the morrow;---vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow---sorrow for the lost Lenore--- For the rare radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore--- Nameless here for evermore.” (Poe Lines 7-11). To me these are some of the most symbolic lines of the narrator describing Lenore as well as the setting. Clearly Lenore is dead as deciphered from the line that says “…whom the angels name Lenore…” (Poe Line 11) So from then we know that Lenore is gone, further extending a feeling of

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