Poe is often known for his dark, sometimes twisted short stories and poems. “The Masque of the Red Death” is no exception. In this short story, Poe creates and eerie and ominous mood by using a wide variety of literary techniques including imagery, diction, and syntax. Poe’s use of imagery contributes to the dark and mysterious mood of the short story, “The Masque of the Red Death.” In the first paragraph, a sense of darkness is conveyed in the sentence, “There was no light of any kind emanating from lamp or candle within the suite of chambers.” This precisely explains the darkness of the room because it is mentioned that there was no light of any kind. Another source of imagery that conveys a haunting mood is the sentence in the first paragraph
Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories and poem, “Alone”, “Hop-Frog”, and “The Raven” are similar because they have a sense of darkness, but each passage has its own sense of sadness that differentiates the tones of the individual story. “Alone” contains a melancholy tone, a deep sadness with no obvious origin. Melancholy suits the poem because a cause of the narrator’s sadness is not mentioned, and it is obvious that he is deeply saddened. The narrator states that he cannot regain his happiness the same way again, which shows how he has no longer has any hope. The narrator also mentions that he is the dark cloud “When the rest of Heaven was blue,”.
As he continues to ask questions to it, he discovers that nevermore is the only thing the raven will say. The questions became more and more personal and filled with pain the further the poem progresses. Not getting any answers results in the narrator becoming more and more desperate and insane. In this analysis I want to focus on how Poe’s writing in The Raven progressively gives the reader the feeling that the narrator turns insane. How does he create the progression from a seemingly normal man to an insane one?
In “The Raven” Edgar Allen Poe’s use of vivid figurative language sets the melancholic tone for the darkness that is derived from that of death. Poe use of personification to convey the narrator’s loss of beloved love, simile to convey guilt from haunted memories and metaphor to convey madness from an omen of death contributes to the overall theme for “The Raven”. Edgar Allen Poe’s expressive word choices, sentence structure, and imagery to convey the tone play important roles in the writing of “The Raven”. In the poem “The Raven” there are many examples of literary terms. One of which is personification.
Once upon a midnight dreary, a man by the name of Edgar Allan Poe wrote “ The Raven”, a timelessly classic narrative poem that gives a popular image to the term gothic literature. His poem includes elements of suspense, the supernatural, and isolation that give the readers feelings of fear and eeriness, so commonly associated with the modern day horror story. It brings to life the story of a man isolated in his grief to the point of what some consider insanity. The narrator is surprised by an unexpected visitor; a raven. As the poem goes on, the man begins to think of the bird as a message from some omnipotent being that his grief will never end.
The Five Stages of The Raven Edgar Allen Poe was a master of his craft, creating Gothic literature that still fills up curriculum in schools all around the world, the most famous of these is widely considered to be The Raven. The Raven is a narrative poem with two main characters; a red eyed raven and a narrator that is mourning the loss of his love, Lenore. The raven mysteriously shows up and the main character questions the fowl about things concerning his deceased wife, only to get the same repeated response: “Nevermore” (52). The narrator’s emotions and feelings towards the bird drastically alter within the short period of time that the poem occurs, until it seems he is driven to madness. The poem ends with the silencing of the man with the raven using his home as a permanent perching place.
Edgar Allan Poe’s work has been admired for centuries. One of his most famous works, The Raven is one many people gravitate towards. This 108 line poem consists of assonance and religious allusions to contrast many different types of religion including Christianity and Hellenism. This gives the audience an inside view on Poe’s religious views, or lack thereof. Poe starts off this poem with assonance when he uses the terms “dreary,” “weak and weary.” This assonance begins the poem by setting the scene.
All throughout the poem Poe uses dark poetry to present this gloomy dark poem. Right from the beginning we see the hopelessness as the narrator tries to stop thinking about his lost love Lenore. Poe uses his word choice throughout the poem to add to is depressed hopeless theme. His use of “bleak December” (Line 7), adds imagery to the poem and provides the picture of a dark winter. Later in the poem Poe writes of a raven that is with the narrator.
The Raven crafts the idea of suspense by using a range of different types of literary features. The use of hyperboles creates more suspense because the more exaggeration used grips the reader in more. Describing the Raven as “Ghastly, Grim and ancient” (8) makes the idea that the author is trying to get through, more coherent as Poe is offering more description. The way Poe repeats his “Sorrow for the lost Lenore” (2) helps embed the idea that he misses Lenore but it also makes the reader wonder where she went, why she left and why she is so important, which creates suspense. The way Poe uses repetition and pathos when he is trying to get an idea through is very prominent.
First, the common theme of “The Raven” is grief,agony, and heartache. With dialogue like “while I pondered,weak and weary”shows that emotion. The narrator is sad about his lost love Lenore.Which is parallel to when Poe’s wife was deadly ill. He was probably writing about his wife dying. The poem is also based on the raven being a “Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance”.