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Analysis of "The Raven"

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Analysis of "The Raven"
The Supernatural
Musician mourning the loss of his true love, Lenore
Odd visitor arrives
Visitor has a strange conversation with the musician
Cadenced juxtaposition of "Lenore" and "Nevermore"
Possesses a deep level of guilt for the death of Lenore
The Mind of Poe
Late at night
Black and white
Single candle
Piano becomes the stage
House is a mess
Alcohol as an escape from reality
Pallas bust is replaced with a skull
Composed by Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), "The Raven" (1845), while possessing dark and ominous tones, was not a mere indication of the macabre mental state of a sorrowful man, as it was additionally reflective of the elements of emotion, symbolism, and supernaturalism that remained prevalent in art and literature within the Dark Romantic Movement of the early 19th century.
Published "The Raven" in 1845
Wife diagnosed with TB shortly before his work "The Raven" is published
Much loss in Poe's life: mother, father, adoptive mother, and brother
Impoverished for much of his life
Familiar with hardship
The emotions that are evoked with the depictions of the characters are what typifies this as a work of Dark Romanticism
Male musician in early 20's
Turns to alcohol after Lenore dies
Disheveled and distraught
Display of raw grief and sorrow on a scale that begins to alarm the audience
Lenore depicted as young and beautiful
Seen as sweet and innocent
Her memory haunts the musician
Multiple poems by Poe mention a deceased Lenore
Emotion cont.
The Raven is detached, apathetic and cryptic
Portrayed in low light and fuzzy to accentuate the idea that this is all occurring in the musician's mind
Emotion cont.
Thought Experiment
If you had the skull of a loved one, would it be more distressing to put it away to be forgotten or to display it as a reminder of your lost love ?
On this home by horror haunted - tell me truly, I implore -
Is there - is there balm in Gilead? - tell me - tell me, I implore!'
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels name Lenore?
While appearing divergent from the classical perception of literary Romanticism, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" emphasizes the macabre emotionality that is endemic of the Dark Romantic Movement. Emphatically renowned for its rhythmic cadency, this narrative poem is evocative of the amplifying turmoil that is precipitated by the mournful loss of love and cerebral lucidity. Through the originative utilization of metaphoric imagery, the supernatural realm of depressive mania transcends rationality and illustrates the literary characterization of a man that has succumbed to his self-destructive vices.
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