Similarities Between The Raven And The Cremation Of Sam Mcgee

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In the 2 poems, “The Raven” and “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, the authors create a suspenseful and mysterious feeling and tone. Edgar Allan Poe and Robert W. Service have writing techniques that are similar throughout the two poems. These techniques keep the reader curious and invested in the story being told. Mystery and suspense help keep a reader interested in what they are reading. These things also keep the story unpredictable and moving. In “The Cremation of Sam McGee” men are laying outside in their robes and “the stars came out and they danced about ere again” (Service). The writing and the words make the reader wonder what will happen next and why is this detail important to the story. If they were to continue reading one would know that the speaker walked into a warm room where Sam sat by a fire. In the poem “The Raven” the speaker is thinking and “nearly napping, [when] suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. ’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, …show more content…

In the poem “The Raven” Poe writes, “From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore— For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore”(Poe). This leaves the reader's mind thinking about what had happened to this woman and he leaves that part of the story to the individual’s imagination. Robert W. uses techniques to keep the reader interested and curious but then gives the reader an explanation but with room for the reader to use his or her imagination as well. This is shown when Robert writes “I guess he's cooked, and it's time I looked’ ; ... then the door I opened wide. And there sat Sam, looking cool and calm, in the heart of the furnace roar; And he wore a smile you could see a mile”(Service). This shows how he leaves with a curiosity spiking sentence but then gives out some details to help the reader make

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