"THE RAVEN" (EDGAR ALLAN POE).
Analyzes poem's beauty, themes, word choices, mood, composition, symbols.
In the confines of the 108 carefully composed lines of "The Raven," Edgar Allen Poe powerfully affects his reader. In "The Philosophy of... more
In the confines of the 108 carefully composed lines of "The Raven," Edgar Allen Poe powerfully affects his reader. In "The Philosophy of Composition," Poe discusses the process of writing "The Raven." Reading these works gives the reader an idea of the complexity of the poem. The impact of "The Raven" is derived from Poe's careful calculation of each aspect of the poem. He leaves nothing in question, using each element, from word choice to tone, to create the poem's lasting effect. While reading the "Philosophy of Composition," the reader loses the emotion of "The Raven," but when the reader goes back to the poem, the technical insight makes the poem ultimately more effective.
"While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping" (Poe, "The Raven" 1331). The feelings Poe provokes with this line are curiosity and fear. In the two lines preceding,