Horror And Romanticism In Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven

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A Deeper Look Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his numerous literature pieces. Edgar Allen Poe was an American writer born in Boston, MA on January 19, 1809. His writing styles of Horror and Romanticisms gave way to many detective storylines. Poe suffered from depression in his life, and can be seen through his work. One very world wide known poem is “The Raven”, it has been an incredibly popular choice among readers for many years and will still be studied and enjoyed for future years to come. Not only does this form of Gothic Literature capture and inspire the heart, but it makes you feel and think deeply, and urges you to open your eyes with a different perspective. To summarize, In the beginning of the poem the narrator is reading to try and…show more content…
One of the meanings that I have found portrayed from the narrator to the reader is remembrance. At the beginning of the poem when the raven first arrives, it states “Suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door...tapping at my chamber door” (3-5) . The lines begin to be repetitive that the bird is tapping, trying to get attention, which can be viewed as his memories picking at him and flowing in from his lost love, Lenore. In life once you have something so close and dear to you, it becomes a part of you, that you are unable to ever completely and fully let go of. The bird becomes a constant reminder of what he once had and shows to be hard to ignore or find refuge from. A sentence also states “other friends have flown before” (58), which again is showing his memory of previous situations or people that have left him including Lenore. So when the bird flies away it represented the leaving of a friend or loved one. In line 82 it says “Respite-respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore.” The word respite means relief from something difficult or unpleasant and the word nepenthe is a drug that the ancient Greeks believed could relieve sorrow. The memories from the raven are painful and bring much sorrow to the narrator and so he is asking for

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