Three Poems by Edgar Allan Poe Comparison Essay by RightRiters

This paper analyzes three poems by Edgar Allan Poe: "The Raven", "Annabel Lee" and "The Spirit of the Dead".
# 23953 | 3,870 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 15, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Comparison)

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This paper compares the common theme of death and the tones of the three poems, "The Raven", "Annabel Lee" and "The Spirit of the Dead", and reviews events in Poe's life that influenced his poetry. The paper discusses Poe's use of rhythm and symbolism in the three poems. The author points out that, even though Poe is widely known as the originator of the modern detective story, he thought of himself first as a lyric poet and published poems and treatises on poetry.

From the Paper:

"Edgar Allan Poe in The Raven is overcome by the bird raven which is symbolic of death. This poem is a dirge about the poet's defunct wife. In the poem, the narrator seeks consolation from a giant bird whose only utterance is the dismal "nevermore". He asks the bird many questions about his long lost love, the exceptional and luminous maiden whom the angels name Lenore. But, the only response that he hears is "nevermore". He inquires about his love, solely with the intention of further torturing himself. Throughout the poem "The Raven", Poe makes a personal, introverted hell strangely mesmerizing to all the readers."

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