Literary Devices In Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven

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Edgar Allan Poe uses many different literary devices in “ The Raven” to create an overall depressing, eerie, and dark tone. Poe uses a monotone to help emphasize The Raven symbolic representation of death. All of these different literary devices helps him to create logical and methodical appeal. In “ The Raven”, Poe uses alliteration to create a dreary, depressing, methodological feeling. He states “ Nodded, nearly, napping” to get the reader to get in the state of mind of how he was feeling, he gets the reader to empathize his feeling of being alone and depressed. Poe uses language such as “ weary and dreary” not just for literary purposes, but to give the readers feeling of what the characters are feeling. Poe repeats the words “ sorrow,” to express how he feels due to the loss of Lenore. Poe calls Lenore “sainted, rare, and radiant” ( Lines 94-95 ), describing her as a perfect, unspoiled, untouchable women. Poe uses assonance to build structure throughout his…show more content…
The narrator personifies “The Raven” as being more mysterious as a normal Raven would be. As the poem progresses, “The Raven” becomes a prophet then turns into the Devil. This would be the reason of why Poe feels “ The Raven” was sent from the underworld.“The Raven” is a black, ominous, enigmatic, isolated bird that symbolizes grief and loss. The Raven leaves open interpretation in the poem in terms of death, questions of the supernatural, and the afterlife. An example of this would be The Raven says “ Nevermore” several times throughout the course of the poem. Poe uses international rhyme scheme frequently which speeds or slows down the pace of the line. That would be an example of methodical. In stanza 1 the rhyme scheme is 15,16,17,16,15,15,7, Poe uses this rhyme scheme to slow the reader up and to make it more dramatic. He goes from 15 to 7 to draw attention to that line, and to emphasize
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