The Raven Literary Analysis Essay

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A Literary Analysis: “The Raven” - Edgar Allen Poe “Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore—Tell me what thy/lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”/Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.” (“Poe” line 46-48) Out of all of Edgar Allen Poe works, “The Raven, a beautifully written poem with a depressing story, is possibly the best because of it’s popularity, but also for it’s power of making the reader feel and understand what is happening to the character. “The Raven” is about a man mourning the death of his love and is troubled by a raven that answers all of the speakers questions with “Nevermore”, driving him nearly insane. Throughout this poem, Poe uses many literary devices to bring his work to life so that the reader can feel and almost experience the same feelings as the speaker. Poe uses many literary devices in his poem, “The Raven”, specifically repetition to create a depressing tone for the reader. Repetition is a literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer. On line 6, he repeats the phrase “ ….nothing more” at the end of each stanza throughout the poem. Also, on line 48, he repeats the phrase,…show more content…
Some of the literary devices used is repetition which adds more of an impact to the reader and draw them into the speaker’s thoughts and feelings. Symbolism by using the Raven as a symbol for death, sorrow and a constant reminder that his love is gone which connects the reader with the speaker on a more visual and emotional level. He also uses alliteration to add emphasis and importance to the speaker’s which the reader gets excited, scared or at least anxious for what will happen next. “The Raven” became one of the best known piece of literature because of the many literary devices, especially repetition,symbolism, and alliteration, to impact the reader on many levels of
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