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Analysis of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most well-known gothic writers around. He has written many form of writing from poems to short stories. One of his most famous narrative poems is “The Raven.” There are many reasons to read the “The Raven.” One reason to read the poem is because it is a classic. Secondly, reading “The Raven” can give sight to Poe’s thoughts and feelings towards his life. Thirdly, the poem is a good example of the mind set of someone who has faced a loss. Another reason would be that the poem can represent trochaic octameter form. It can also represent narrative poem form. Of these reasons, the most important one is that it is a poetic classic.
The main reason to read “The Raven” is simply because it is a classic, which means decades have passed since the poem was first written and presented to the public and hold high quality and power in the literary world. It is one of the most well-known works by Poe. “The January publication of ‘The Raven’ made Poe a household name” (“Poe’s Life.”). This was around the time he had published some of his other famous works such as, “The Fall of the House of Usher”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”. The publication of “The Raven,” along with other publications released, resulted in the acknowledgment of Poe’s abilities. The audience was able to connect and understand Poe’s natural thoughts and feelings towards life, which is another reason to read “The Raven”.
The narrator in “The Raven” suffers from the loss his beloved. Poe faced this conflict one way or another many times in his life. To start, he lost his mother at the age of three years old in 1811, and was adopted by Mr. and Ms. John Allan. Ms. Allan had become close with Poe up until her death in 18...

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...f and loss, as well as, see that there is not always and answer to “why,” just “Nevermore.”

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