How is alliteration used in the Raven?
Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' includes many examples of alliteration. Alliteration is used throughout the poem to add rhythm to his writing, as well as influence the mood perceived by the reader. Right at the onset, Poe uses the alliteration 'weak and weary,' two words that have related meanings.
The raven says “Nevermore.” A very good example of a metaphor is “And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming.” In this quote Poe is comparing the raven's eyes to a demon. An example of a simile is when he uses a comparison to express the narrator's grief to the raven's reply to him.
- It is true that the Raven does not leave at the end of the poem. The raven, of course, says "nevermore," and refuses to leave. In the last stanza we see that the narrator is depressed. He says that his soul will never be able to escape from the shadow that the bird is casting.
- Sarah Elmira Royster Shelton (1810 – February 11, 1888) was an adolescent sweetheart of Edgar Allan Poe who became engaged to him shortly before his death in 1849. Their early relationship, begun when she was 15, ended due to the interference of her father while Poe was studying at the University of Virginia.
- Elizabeth Poe died in 1811, when Edgar was 2 years old. She had separated from her husband and had taken her three kids with her. Henry went to live with his grandparents while Edgar was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. John Allan and Rosalie was taken in by another family.
"Seraphim," in the fourteenth verse, "perfumed by an unseen censer / Swung by seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled" is used to illustrate the swift, invisible way a scent spreads in a room. A seraphim is one of the six-winged angels standing in the presence of God.
- In that context, the Balm of Gilead is a resin used for medicinal purposes (suggesting, perhaps, that the narrator needs to be healed after the loss of Lenore). Poe also refers to "Aidenn", another word for the Garden of Eden, though Poe uses it to ask if Lenore has been accepted into Heaven.
- A character by the name of Lenore, thought to be a deceased wife, is central to Poe's poem "The Raven" (1845). Roman Dirge made a comic book inspired by the poem, involving the comedic misadventures of Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl.
- End rhyme consists of the rhyming words at the end of each line. In each stanza in "The Raven," the end rhymes of the first and third lines alternate, while the second, fourth, fifth and sixth lines are always "B." For example, the rhyme scheme in the first stanza in "The Raven" is ABCBBB.
Updated: 3rd December 2019