Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven And The Romantic Period

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The Romantic Period was an artistic, literary movement that started in Europe at the end of the 18th century. The Romantic movement was partly a reaction to the industrial revolution that dominated at that time; it was also a revolt against aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature. After a grueling revolutionary war, America finally gained its independence from the great British. Nevertheless, Americans have grown dependent on the British throughout the many years of colonization. It was at this dire times that Romanticism reached America. Indeed, Romanticism fell onto fertile land. Americans were in a phase of national expansion, discovering new sets…show more content…
It shall come as no surprise, then, that most of his stories and poems are gloomy and macabre. His characters never seem to work or socialize, instead, they chose to stay in the dark preferring their own company. Poe deliberately created intriguing and strange settings. As a matter of fact, he believes that strangeness in a vital ingredient of beauty. He has produced many works that are still popular. His literary range is impressive, and his writing prowess is simply admirable. Poe has produced many works that are still popular today. Nevertheless, Poe is widely acclaimed and remembered for writing one of the most renown poems in the English language, The Raven. The poem is about a man, whose name is not mentioned, lamenting the loss of his lover, Lenore, when his suddenly interpreted by an unexpected and an unusual visitor. The visitor that disturbed the grief of the narrator is revealed to be a raven, a bird that eats dead flesh. The narrator is aghast when he realizes that the bird can speak. The narrator, both confused and amazed, starts showering the ebony bird with questions. His confusion only grows stronger when he realizes that the bird has only one reply for, Nevermore that he keeps on repeating. The poems major themes are death and sorrow and the nature of the
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