Edgar Allan Poe was a gothic literary writer who lived in the early 1800’s. Edgar was praised for writing unique and original stories and poems on disturbing topics like suffering and death. Examples of these stories and poems include “Eleonora” and “The Raven” which are both about a man lamenting over the loss of his wife. These two tales are very similar but show a rare insight into the mind of Poe and how much his life affected his melancholy writing. One key concept of both of the stories are the similarities of the characters.
"The Raven" is the most famous of Poe's poems, notable for both its melodic and dramatic qualities. Emphasizing the "O" sound in words such as "Lenore" and "nevermore" underlines the lonely sound of the poem and establishes the overall atmosphere, and the repetition of "nevermore" gives a circular sense to the poem and contributes to what Poe called the unity of effect, where each word and line adds to the larger meaning of the poem. Like a number of Poe's poems, “The Raven” concerns an agonized protagonist's memories of a deceased woman. Throughout the narrative, the unnamed narrator’s emotional journey reflects the changes in his mind as well as the overall narrative. There are three sections in “The Raven,” most aptly described as the speaker
However the tapping continued, and he couldn’t ignore the tapping no more. He opened the door, but there was nothing but darkness. He called out for “Lenore?” And an echo exclaimed, “Lenore!” He opened the shutter and in come a Raven that perched upon a bust of
It helps the narrator on his journey back to reality and overcoming the constant mental state that he has been facing since the person he loved, Lenore’s, death. The narrator says, “From my books surcease of sorrow – sorrow for the lost Lenore – / For the rare and radiant maiden
Suddenly a raven appeared at the man’s window, and in trying to converse with the raven, the man’s sanity begins to slip. The poem’s horror and darkness are helped by the poem’s speaker , the tone, and the figurative language. The speaker is one part that makes “The Raven” such a dark poem. The speaker in the poem is struggling with the loss of his lover, Lenore. It is clear that the loss has taken a heavy toll on him, as his word choice
To the point where I think he is losing his sanity. “Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer”(Poe 14). In closing thoughts, I believe the narrator is going crazy and letting this Raven take over his head and his
“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe relates the story of a man heartbroken over the loss of his love Lenore. While attempting to forget his nightly sorrows in the volumes of his books, he hears a tapping at his door and then again at his window. Believing it is a simple visitor, the man opens the window, allowing a raven to enter. The raven settles on a bust above the narrator’s door, and the man proceeds to speak to it. Much to his surprise, the raven responds, but only with one word: nevermore.
Although Poe does use irony, it is not the only literary device he uses. Poe utilizes the technique of repetition. Poe uses the repetition of the thoughts and feelings of the characters to show how truly and utterly insane they are. In the poem, The Raven, Poe repeats the word “Nevermore” (stanza 8) to reveal how the character is going crazy from the death of a loved one. In an additional story, The Tell Tale Heart, Poe uses this repetition to manifest the displeasure and lunacy of the character, who is obsessed with watching
In addition, he also uses repetition to create fluent yet unruffled, tragic feel for the reader. Throughout the poem, “The Raven”, Poe uses anaphora as a way that shows he is creating a mysterious setting that continues through the majority of the poem. For example, Poe repeats the word, “Nevermore” at the end of each line, to inform the reader of the great sorrow he feels, referring to the death of his love, drawing the reader in. He also repeats the line, “nothing more”. “Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;— ’Tis the wind and nothing more!”.
Edgar Allen Poe’s short story of the gothic horror genre, “Morella” depicts a narrator realizing the psychological decline of his wife. He soon grows to despise her, in which she later ironically dies. The daughter of the narrator is later named “Morella”, causing supernatural phenomena to occur, as well as his daughter also dying. Through these occurrences it appears that the original Morella is attempting to communicate with the narrator once again after death. This ultimately creates the macabre effect for the readers.