Examples Of Figurative Language In The Raven

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1 Stacia PutnamLee SakellaridesEnglish 112 March 2018 Poetry AnalysisIn Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven”, he used deliberate figurative language. Edgar had usedit to communicate about his lost love Lenore. When you read this poem, you get a feeling ofmelancholic and sorrow. Loss or death conveys the stories theme because he is mourning theloss of Lenore. To express the message to the reader Mr. Poe uses personification, imagery, andmetaphors. One of the ways Edgar Allan Poe conveys his message to the reader in “The Raven” is personification. This figurative language in the story shows the Raven is personified as a messenger of death. As an example of this in the story "In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore; Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he; But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door - " "But the Raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did…show more content…
Also, when the Raven says “nevermore” this conveys personification because birds can not speak.Through Poe’s use of figurative language through simile’s makes the poem more vivid. “While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door - "'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door”. This is an example of similes because the narrator compares the sound of the Raven tapping and a humantapping on the door.The author, Edgar Allen Poe in “The Raven” wanted to express the sorrow he felt about his lost love Lenore in this poem. Repetition of the word “nevermore” occurred which conveyed emphasis on the Raven and how it symbolized Lenore. Imagery helps show the melancholic and sorrow in this poem by
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