Analysis Of The Raven And Poe

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In this age where we swipe away, new music stars are born every minute and fame is something that could last for a mere week, one-hit wonders have become common and part of daily life. In 1845, Poe had some sort of one-hit wonder with The Raven. As the Poe Museum site (2015) tells his story, Poe finally gained a lot of attention with his publication of The Raven, after having lived a life of poverty where at one point he even had to burn down is furniture for some warmth. Yet his venture failed, the health of his wife was deteriorating and as with every famous person there were rumours right around the corner. He left New York in 1846 and in the next three year his wife died, his amorous escapades were failures and soon death came knocking.…show more content…
Despite the fact that Poe did not make that many changes to his 1845 edition of The Raven and Other Poems, he did provide us with his essay The philosophy of composition (1846) explaining how one of his most famous poems got to life.
On smaller scale, I will start about The Raven and Poe’s thinking on paper using enactivism and looking deeper into the meaning of the poem and its possible metaphors. Secondly, I will elaborate on Poe being one of the founders of Gothic fiction, how it appears throughout his work and the link it has to Modernism. Thirdly, I will discuss a possible link between Darwin and his theories and Poe’s writings, before coming to a
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Since Poe lived in the Romantic era it isn’t that odd that he express his concerns of what changes the Industrial Revolution might bring. Barbarese says “. While Romantic art is essentially optimistic, and optimists don’t usually write satire, Poe was unique among American Romantics. He struggled with Romantic ideals - and he had a sense of humor”. (Barbarese 2004) Yet with this poem it shows that Poe did share some ideals and values with the romantic writers. “In "Sonnet: To Science," he complains that the spirit of analysis has driven the dryad from the wood and dispelled his dreams. The note in the Norton Anthology of American Literature tells you that the poem is "built on the Romantic commonplace that the scientific spirit destroys beauty, a notion well exemplified by Wordsworth’s The Tables Turned,’ ” (Barbarese
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