Criticism And Symbolism In The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

analytical Essay
1485 words
1485 words

Poetic Grief Edgar Allan Poe was a celebrated author who wrote many poems and short stories in the 19th century. Poe was known for his romanticism and the mysterious feeling that was sure to be felt through many of his tales. Edgar Allan Poe was himself, quite a mystery. One of the strangest parts of his character that highlights the mystery within him was his obsession with death. This obsession was most likely rooted from the fact that many of his loved ones had untimely deaths. His mother died when he was very young from tuberculosis (Dameron). Following in the footsteps of the depressing death of his mother, many years later Poe’s young wife died of the same disease, tuberculosis. Many other members of Poe 's family died from various causes, …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that edgar allan poe was a celebrated author who wrote many poems and short stories in the 19th century. his obsession with death highlights the mystery within him.
  • Analyzes poe's use of poetically melancholy characters in "the raven" to develop a plot and create conjoining characters that would make the reader feel and understand grief in the most poetic and intense sense.
  • Analyzes how poe uses symbolism to make the reader feel grief in the most poetic way possible.
  • Analyzes how poe used repetition in "the raven" to enhance the poem, rather than make it dull and boring.
  • Analyzes how poe uses characters, symbolism, and repetition to express grief and mourning and how people cope with them.

Despite being faced with many hardships, Poe was able to harness his woes and transform them into works of art. Although quite sinister at times, the works of Poe have the power to leave readers breathless. It is with this power that “The Raven” was created. Poe created a way in which repetition would provoke meaning instead of boredom. He shaped symbols that would encourage the exact thoughts to occur to the reader that he had been thinking upon writing “The Raven.” His characters were crafted in a way that would be relatable to everyone and be easily understood. These characters not only make “The Raven” more universal, but they make the message of the poem more intense to the reader. In order to produce work that makes people feel and suffer, a stroke of genius is necessary. This stroke of genius was distinguished in the life of Edgar Allan Poe. It is works like this that encourage the literary world to expand. This inspires writers to fabricate their own claim to fame. “The Raven,” of course, has influenced many works (Bloom 49). To create a masterpiece as extraordinary as “The Raven” again is quite literally impossible. The use of characters, symbolism, and repetition sets this poem on its own little shelf, to be outshined,

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