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The paper relates that "The Raven" is the most famous poem written by the nineteenth-century master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe, and is one of the most well-known American poems. The paper examines the poetic techniques that Poe employs in this poem, including the use of rhyme, the meter and the length of the poem, and cautions against being satisfied with its surface impressions.
From the Paper:"The use of rhyme is one of the most readily apparent and obvious of the poetic techniques that Poe employs in this poem. There is an incessant use of both end rhyme and internal rhyme, in a pattern that has almost no variation throughout the poem. Sometimes the internal rhyme replaces end rhyme, such as in the first tow lines of the second stanza: "Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, / And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor" ((lines 7-8). "Remember," "December," and "ember" all rhyme, and this pattern is repeated several times throughout the poem (though with a different rhyme). This gives it what could seem like a sing-song feeling and this ruin the spooky aspects of the poem, but a proper reading that actually emphasizes the rhymes can make it seem more like a piece of black magic, as scary as the witches in Macbeth.
"The meter has a very similar effect, and could very easily make the poem feel like a nursery rhyme if careful attention isn't paid to it during a reading. Many of the poems lines are written in two groups of trochaic tetrameter--two sets of four feet, with each foot consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable. This is a reversal of the iamb that makes up the standard foot in much of English poetry (and prose, when scanned)."
Cite this Poem Review:
Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" (2012, April 26) Retrieved May 21, 2013, from http://www.academon.com/poem-review/edgar-allen-poe-the-raven-150844/
"Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven"" 26 April 2012. Web. 21 May. 2013. <http://www.academon.com/poem-review/edgar-allen-poe-the-raven-150844/>