Edgar Allen Poe

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Edgar Allen Poe: Poem Comparison Over the centuries, there has been a myriad of famous poets, their popularity depending on their diction, subjects of their poems, and several other factors. However, the most well known poet from the 1800’s is undeniably Edgar Allen Poe. Poe was not famous for his works during his lifetime but quickly, yet sadly, gained popularity after his death. The subjects of Poe’s works have always been centered on death. Poe’s well- known talent that gained him his popularity was his mesmerizing take on death that made it uniquely grotesque. Poe’s explanation of the dead was almost beautiful and always full of meaning. Two of Poe’s best poems, Annabel Lee and The Raven , are quite similar in a number of ways and express all of the elements Poe was known for in his poetry. The Raven is indefinitely Poe’s most famous work of poetry. It has been used over and over again in many different types of media. In the beginning of the poem, the narrator is introduced as he is reading a book of life teachings. The narrator does this to pass the time and to find comfort instead of mourning over his lost love Lenore. As the narrator is falling asleep, he is awakened by the sound of knocking. He believes he is dreaming but then hears it again. He opens the door, only to be greeted by darkness, and all that he could say was “Lenore”. The narrator closes the door, hears a knock and opens it again. This time a raven enters the door and perches itself on a statue the narrator has in his home. The narrator ponders why the bird is here. First he wonders why the bird replies “Nevermore”, then thinks the bird has come to relieve his mourning for his love Lenore. The raven again replies “Nevermore” and the narrator starts screaming at the bird, telling
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2008 for the course HUM 101 taught by Professor Curley during the Spring '08 term at NJIT.

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