How Does Edgar Allan Poe Use Alliteration In The Raven

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1062 words

Poetry Analysis: “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe Literary devices are a very necessary part of literature and poetry, as they are commonly used to help the reader understand the story, or provide them the puzzle pieces to solve the author’s story. Without literary devices, writing would be both boring and uninteresting, where it wouldn’t be written like art, but like something that is read out of a boring textbook. “The Raven”, by Edgar Allan Poe is a poem filled with mysteriousness, where the narrator is visited by a raven. A man whose name is unknown, is mourning from his lost love Lenore. The storyteller is visited by a mysterious raven on a dark, dreary night at midnight. When he makes an attempt to figure out why the raven has visited …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how literary devices are a necessary part of literature and poetry. without them, writing would be boring and uninteresting.
  • Analyzes how edgar allan poe's "the raven" is a poem filled with mysteriousness, where the narrator is visited by the mysterious raven.
  • Analyzes how the use of alliteration adds to the general tone of the poem, giving it a rhythmic sound.
  • Analyzes poe's use of assonance, which is the repetition of a vowel sound, in his poem.
  • Analyzes how poe uses the symbolism of the raven to strengthen his theme of death and sadness.
  • Analyzes how poe's theme of sadness and death is enforced by allusions in "the raven".
  • Analyzes how poe uses internal rhymes as a tool to help add overall tone to the poem, which is gloomy and depressing.
  • Analyzes how a metaphor in poe's poem shows an interesting, yet easy way to understand what the narrator is saying. a simile helps the reader see the evil within the bird.
  • Analyzes how poe uses an onomatopoeia as a way for the reader to know what the narrator heard, and adds the feeling of eeriness when the
  • Concludes that poe implements a variety of sounds devices, and key concepts to express the theme of sadness and death. "the raven" is his most famous poem.

It adds to the general tone of the poem, giving it a rhythmic sound. For instance, “Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before” (Poe, 26), is an alliteration. It may possibly contribute to adding tension within the poem to get the reader interested about what might happen next. Poe uses alliteration as well as repetition, where he repeats single words, like “rapping, rapping” or even entire lines and phrases. The two most recurrent words in this poem are the most important, “Lenore!” and “Nevermore!”. The name Lenore is very important because it surrounds the entire reason the narrator is mourning, and why the visit of the raven is both fearful and intriguing to him. The repetition of nevermore is important because, the narrator believes the raven was sent to him by the …show more content…

With the quote “Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many I flirt and flutter, in there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore. Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he; but, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door – perched upon a bust of Pallas simply above my chamber door – perched, and sat, and nothing more.” (Poe 37-42), shows the raven as an example of symbolism. This signifies the thought of death and sadness the narrator has surrounding the loss of his dearest. Ravens typically represent death or sadness, which it most undoubtedly does in this poem. Why the raven repeatedly says nevermore, is assumed by the narrator because the raven may have been sent by the devil. Ravens are also thought to be messenger birds, which makes the narrator wonder if the raven is delivering the narrator a message that he will never see his wife again. There are many allusions in this poem, as an allusion makes reference to something indirectly without actually saying it. In “The Raven”, the narrator says “Night’s Plutonian shore”. This quote makes reference to Pluto, who is the Roman god of the dead. Once again, this enforces Poe’s theme of sadness and death. Poe wants to show the reader many examples of death, to explain what has happened in the

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