Akhtar 1 Zaira Akhtar English 2341 4, February 2011 “The Raven” Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe’s poem is based upon his loss (I do not believe that the poem is based on his loss, but the loss to a distraught lover) of his wife and shows how her death affected his writing, “The Raven” depicts a man who has lost his love Lenore and is tormented by a raven that makes the author confront his loss. As the narrator in “The Raven” continues to speak of the raven on his chamber door, the poem unfolds as he descends into madness because the raven continuously reminds him of Lenore’s absence. Edgar Allan Poe uses rhyme and repetition of phrases and words in each stanza to show the narrator’s loss of sanity due to the agony and loneliness caused by Lenore never being able to return to him. Also, Poe uses symbolism of the raven and diction to identify where the raven came from and why the narrator is unable to be with Lenore. (Is this your thesis sentence? ) A. Body Paragraph: Rhyme a) Internal Rhyme within lines: ex: “remember, ember” (second stanza) pg.838 b) External Rhyme: ex: “floor, Lenore, nevermore” B. Repetition a) Repetition of Diction: ex: “rapping, tapping,” “chamber door” b) Repetition of phrases in the last two lines of each stanza Akhtar 2 c) Repetition of the words “nothing more” for the first half of the poem and for the second half of the poem repetition of “nevermore” (the last word after each stanza) C. Symbolism and Diction: a) Raven symbolizes the constant reminder of Lenore’s death. b) Diction: “plutonian”: Pluto, god of the underworld D. Conclusion If needed also incorporate the poem’s setting into essay to further relate to the main theme of a man whom lost his wife and is having trouble dealing with it. (This is your main theme. The thesis statement should mirror it) Overall I would like to see the finished analysis. Poe is a dark figure, often fighting bought of depression, and the poem could be based on the death of his mother and the resents illness of his wife. He did a follow up and addressed how he wrote the Raven. The follow-up is The Philosophy of Composition. It might help with your analysis of the poem.