The Raven Analysis

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The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe is a poem laced with intricate symbolism that has many different meanings throughout. The poem dictates the grief and horror the protagonist’s experiences from losing his loved one, Lenore, and his conversations with the titular raven. One may take note of the similarities between Poe and his protagonist, terror the character feels, and the self-projections he places on the raven. During the time that Poe was writing his poem The Raven, his wife/cousin was dying from tuberculosis which Latson hypothesizes caused him to write this tale of woe (1). This is not the first time Poe has lost a loved one. Both his parents and his bothered passed away when he was very young and Lanzendorfer comments on Poe’s conception of The Raven “a poem written by a man who’d lost many loved ones, and was soon expecting to lose one more.” I believe perfectly describes Poe’s mood when first beginning his writing (1). One of the reasons Poe chose a raven was because, according to Eckert , his friend Charles Dickens had one that could talk (1). Hallqvist claims that it is also because a raven is able to mimic speech and is associated with death (1). We start with the protagonists being started awake after falling asleep in his chair reading to ease the pain of the loss of his loved one Lenore. We can see a clear representation of Poe and his ill wife and how much he loved her when he goes into detail how she is an angle in the line “For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore” (Poe 1). Hallqvist notes that the use of “midnight” and “December” add to the feeling of loss and the end Poe is trying to emphasize (1). The poem continues with giving us a little insight into his character. He is easily frightened at the moment which may be a result of his grief. When he opens the door wide and nothing is there, he proceeds to explain how this frightened him more because he is now imagining horrors that he would rather not. This adds to the horror the reader feels as they begin to empathize with him as most people tend to let their imaginations run wild when they are scared. When we finally meet the Raven, it perches directly on top of a bust of Pallas who is the Greek Goddess of

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