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Poetic Devices In The Raven

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The poem I decided to explicate was “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe. The reason I chose this poem is because I love Edgar Allen Poe’s writings. I have always loved reading his dark and twisted poems, even when I was younger in middle school his poems always got my attention the most. I had never read “The Raven” until now, but I am familiar with some of his others like “The Tell-Tale Heart.” I did really enjoy reading “The Raven”, the actual raven was a little creepy, but I also like to read poems with elements like that. In the first stanza there are two types of poetic devices used, one of them is the use of alliteration which is found very prominent throughout the entire poem. Some uses of alliteration that are found in the first stanza are “while I pondered, weak and weary” or “while I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,/ as of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.” The whole first stanza is pretty much an example alliteration because of how every word starts with the same letter or sounds closely alike. Then the second type of poetic device used was the use of foreshadowing. Poe uses foreshadowing when says there is a visitor tapping on his door as if something bad is going to happen. In the second stanza Poe still uses alliteration, though not as strongly as in the first stanza. Some examples of alliteration used in the second stanza were found in the lines, “Eagerly I wished the morrow;-vainly I had sought to borrow from my books
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