Literary Devices In Edgar Allen Poe's Works

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A literary device is something many different authors use in their writing to help gather the readers attention. These devices help the reader get their point across is a bigger way than just simply saying something like the black bird. Edgar Allen Poe used different types of literary devices to help make his stories more dark and dreary. From early on in his writings the term that stuck out to me the most was the symbolism he carries on throughout his works. When reading his poems and just picking out the symbolism you really get a clear sense on how everything is working in the story. The endings of his works are always a surprise and can have very different meanings to different people depending on how they interpreted it. An example where Poe uses symbolism is in his short story The Masque of The Red Death the first symbol gather from this story is the character himself, Prince Prospero. From Poe saying Prince you…show more content…
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