How does this poem fit the characteristics of dark romanticism?

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Poe's The Ravenis a Dark Romantic poem because it places heavy emphasis on dark emotions, such as a melancholic, dream-like state.  

  • The man in the poem is nodding off when the Raven taps at his door, and reminds him of Lenore's death--his great loss and the source of much internal torment.
  • The Raven adds an element of the supernatural, an evil being that taunts him with the word "nevermore."
  • Either the man is dreaming that he is awake and all this is happening, or he is awake and imagining the Raven--either way, he is going insane--probably from his grief and pining at the loss.

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