The Raven

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“The Raven” is the best-known narrative poem of Edgar Allan Poe, a major figure in literature. The poem features a mysterious bird that speaks only one word, in ominous tones, to a grief-stricken young man mourning the death of his young ladylove. The poem has garnered international attention and became one of the most famous poems ever written (Poestories). Therefore, the poem of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is the most successful poem, surviving heavy criticism, all due to the combination of poetic devices with structure, imagery and symbolism of Leonor, the Raven and language such as The Night’s Plutonian Shore and Nepenthe, that together emphasize the themes of insanity, love and the supernatural.

Edgar Poe uses several themes that are found throughout his creative works. It includes the tragic death of a beautiful woman at a young age and the grief of the young man whose affection for his lost love transcends the physical boundaries of death and life (Got Poetry). This supports Poe's fascination with the imagery of young lovers separated by death. Throughout the poem the young man (narrator) slips into insanity, which now begins to question the existence of the Raven. The motif of the Raven as the omen of misery and sorrow also embodies grief caused by loneliness and separation. This is the central confrontation of the poem, bringing out the idea of a conflict between man and nature. It is these themes of madness, love and the paranormal that are the focus of the poem.

Imagery and symbolism is used to make poetry come alive, giving the reader the immediate connection to the theme and the poet's attempt to find the truth. Lenore is constantly mentioned and is the main focus of the narrator’s obsessive thoughts. Though she lacks the qualities of a character, she is an idea and a memory, making her one of the symbols in the poem. With the use…...

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