The Aspects of a Raven & a Loved One
An Analysis of “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe
How would you feel if you were thinking about your lost love and a raven appears and starts to talk to you, only saying nevermore? Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. When Edgar Allan Poe was only “2 years old, his mother passed away and he was adopted by the Allan’s” (Giordano 1). Throughout Poe’s life, John Allan was always helping out Edgar because John was a successful merchant who had a lot of money. By the time he left high school, Edgar had “no money, no job skills, and had been shunned by John Allan” since Edgar wasted a lot of John Allan’s money. In 1831, “Edgar went to New York City where he had some of his poetry published since he wrote to a lot of magazines” and would eventually be an editor for a newspaper. By the time Poe was 27 years old, he married his 13 year old cousin, Virginia (Giordano 1). Edgar Allan Poe “died in a hospital on Sunday, October 7, 1849” (Giordano 1). Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” illustrates the setting and also demonstrates many different symbols, imagery, and form and meters, too. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is about this man who lost the love of his life. It’s late at night and he keeps on thinking about this woman named Lenore while he’s starting to fall asleep. Before he almost fell asleep, a raven was tapping on his window. This guy keeps on asking questions to this raven, but the raven responds nevermore. Towards the end of the story, the narrator asks more painful and personal questions that might make him go a little crazy by the end. Unlike other poem’s, “The Raven” is a rhyming trochaic octameter. Through this poem, there is a lot of rhyming. Some words that rhyme in the first six line are dreary & weary, lore, door, & more, and lastly, napping, tapping, and rapping. Here is the first stanza with the rhyming words: Line 1: Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, A...
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