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The Melancholic Tone of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe Essay

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The Melancholic Tone of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," is representing Poe's own introvertedness, which is strangely moving and attractive to the reader. In his essay entitled "The Philosophy of Composition," Poe reveals his intent in writing "The Raven" and also describes the work of writing the poem as being carefully calculated in all aspects. Of all melancholy topics, Poe wished to use the most understood, death, specifically death involving a beautiful woman.
The tone in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" represents a painful state of mind, a mind that is vulnerable to madness that is brought upon by the death of his beloved lady. Which is representing Poe's own personal problems, with those of the
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The raven patronizes Poe that he will never see his lost love again when uttering, "forget this lost Lenore" (Thompson, 83). Alcohol taunts Poe into never-ending depression and caused Poe to have a life-long problem with alcoholism, which led to his death. In a similar way that the alcohol explored Poe's inner devastation, the raven gives a look into the narrator's innermost fears that he will never see his Lenore again. In the first stanza, questioning from what direction the "tapping" came, he throws open the door, the narrators' nemesis not to be found. In fact it was some other realm that must have been opened up about his lost love and the noise, which is driving him insane. The narrator then opens the shutter, which could be interpreted as opening his soul to the outside world. To his surprise, he discovers a raven, a "beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door" (Thompson, 53). The raven directs all further action in the poem, it ridicules and patronizes the narrator throughout the poem and its evil force creates a sense of suffering and anguish within the character. The climax of the poem is when the narrator faces his confused and disordered world and in the narrator's madness he cries out, "Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!" (Thompson, 98).
Poe's use of symbolism was influential in making the literary reputation of "The Raven". The raven is symbolized as the narrator's
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