Comparing Poe's The Raven And The Happiest Day

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1. When I was in grade school we studied poetry in the form of small, rhyming poems; they were pretty and nice but nothing really stood out to me. These poems had well placed words but just words, they did not have extraordinary meaning. I found poetry to be nothing special until, with the help of a teacher, I discovered the works of Edgar Allen Poe. I was quite young and needed instruction on how to dig in to what the poem was really saying; but when I realized how sophisticated Poe’s writings are, I could not get enough. This was a man who, was filled with emotions and had the ability to express words symbolically and with multiple meanings. Due to my young age when I discovered Edgar Allen Poe, he became the writer who inspired the way I view poetry and life.
I did not know many grown men when I was growing up; those I did know showed little emotion except impulsive anger. When I read the words of Poe’s poems such as “Annabel Lee”, “The Raven”, and “The Happiest
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The crowing raven reminding us that one day death will be at our door; this fate no one can escape. There are many comparisons from to the pains of life and loss, to that of a fierce and mighty storm with blazing, damage causing winds. The rough ocean tearing apart life in a monstrous wave and the uncertainty of where it may take you. These analogies show how life and the world fit together through pain, loss and the forces of nature and even though, permeant damage may be caused all the pain (or weather) will pass.
I believe my outlook on life would have been very different if I had not experienced the poet Edgar Allen Poe at such a young and impressionable age. I am also thankful for the instruction from the teacher who helped me to experience the poetry the way I did. Poe is living on in his writings reminding us that nothing is as it seems and pretending to have no emotions will only lead to your own ultimate

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