The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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The death of a loved one leaves a void in a person. The narrator of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe experiences this void after the loss of his love Lenore. The narrator is isolated from the world until a raven appears before him. The events and dialogue that follow are what makes The Raven such a legendary piece of literature. The gothic poem The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is an example of repetition and shift. With the help of repetition and shift, Poe’s use of diction gives the reader clarity to the meaning of the poem. Nevermore, the answer the Raven gives the narrator no matter the question, leads to the narrators shift in mood. The man enclosed in his chamber started off depressed, but by the end of the poem, he is filled with turmoil. The reason the narrator is frantic is because he is barely realizing that he will never see his love Lenore again. The questions that the narrator asked the Raven led to this realization, which subsequently leads to the narrator’s animosity toward the Raven. Two words that are also vital to the poem are “Hopes” and “Disaster.” Poe capitalized these two words to show that their meanings are crucial to the poem. In stanza 10, the narrator says that his “Hopes” abandoned him, and these “Hopes” are Lenore and the life he used to have. In stanza 11, the narrator uses “Disaster” for the reason that the Raven knows the word ‘nevermore’, but it can also be implied that the word “Disaster” also applies to the narrator’s life. His life has been a…

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