How Does Poe Use Mood In The Raven

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In “The Raven,” poet Edgar Allen Poe employs a variety of literary devices such as imagery and symbolism. Poe uses these devices to portray the somber mood of the poem. This mood is shown when Poe says, “Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.” The narrator is fearful of life without his wife and knows he will never be able to get over her death. Throughout the poem the narrator agonizes over the pains he is having with the loss of his wife. Poe begins his piece by examining the knocking on the narrator’s chamber door. “Tis some visitor, tapping at my chamber door-only this and nothing more.” The noise the narrator hears at the chamber door is definitely not a visitor. But, the narrator tries telling himself that it is just a visitor, but he is just imagining. The noises he keeps hearing is just is brain saying that he needs to be with his wife. But, he will not be able to be with his wife so these noises will keep aggravating him throughout his…show more content…
Poe states, “Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore.” After the chamber door problem the narrator begins hearing a louder and even more annoying noise at his window lattice. When he opens he sees a raven. The raven shown represents the sadness and grief the narrator has through the loss of his wife. The raven annoys and antagonizes the narrator throughout the poem increasing his anger and sorrow. As much as Poe tries to get the raven to leave him alone the only response he would get back was “never more.” Hinting that the raven would never leave him alone. Portraying that he will never be able to get over the loss of his wife. This symbolism Poe uses of the raven compares his sadness of the narrator to a raven, know for its dark and sad
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