Metaphorical Language In Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven

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With repetition, metaphorical language, and structure in his poem The Raven, Edgar Allen Poe’s protagonist seeks answers to his dark questions while avoiding the inevitability of their truths. Poe’s usage of line repetition reflects the emphasis on his pursuit of answers. The central character questions the possible meanings the raven perched on his chamber door might have: “Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door/Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door”.

The Raven uses symbols and allusions to mythology to showcase the contrast between Poe’s perception of reality and the truth. The protagonist cries out at the raven to purge his memories of Lenore: “Respite--respite and nepenthe from thy memories
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