"The Raven" - Edgar Allan Poe's View About His Own Fate.

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"The Raven" - Edgar Allan Poe's view about his own fate. Yordan G. Georgiev Shumen University Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is one of the most significant writers in the American history. Well known for its mystery and horror stories he is considered part of the Romantic movement in US and the inventor of detective fiction genre. On January 29, 1845 he publishes his poem "The Raven" in the "Evening Mirror" which granted him with immense fame ("Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography" 1941). The editor of the publishing newspaper wrote: It is the most effective single example of “fugitive poetry” ever published in this country; and unsurpassed in English poetry…show more content…
The narrator possess many books which refers that he is well educated and intelligent as Poe himself. The protagonist is suffering from great inner pain and sorrow and vainly hoping for a cure "Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore! (line 89)" as does Poe - at the time, according to Arthur Quinn , in which the poem was published his great love Virginia had been sick from Tubercolosis for three years, her death is inevitable and Poe is aware of it ("Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography" 1941). Another confirmation is the fact that the narrator is using the books for distraction from the painful reality which Poe had been doing for a long time "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary / Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore (lines 1- 2)". In brief the narrator is a mirror image of Edgar Allan Poe. The fact that "The Raven" represents Poe's inner personality confirms the statement that the poem is Poe foresight about his fate. We can see the manner in which Poe writes "The Raven" with capital "R" which tells us that it is not any raven. Well known for his macabre stories full with horror, this ebony bird is his black soul, his sinister mind. His talk with the bird asking if he will be or will be not again reunited with his beloved Lenore in the after life is a symbol of his inner doubts and
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