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What is the full rhyme scheme of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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Posted April 27, 2011 at 6:01 AM via web

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What is the full rhyme scheme of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 27, 2011 at 6:09 AM (Answer #1)

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This excellent Gothic poem actually has a very regular rhyme scheme, that helps to contribute towards the unrelenting and inexorable pace of the poem that drives its speaker on in his tortured and frenzied thoughts as he tortures himself over the memory of his "lost Lenore."

When we work out the rhyme scheme of a poem, we look at a stanza and assign a letter to each separate rhyme that there is, repeating the letter is the same rhyme occurs. Thus, examining the first stanza, we assign the letter "A" to "weary," then "B" to "lore." "Tapping" represents another rhyme, so we give that line "C" and then finally we can see that "door," "door" and "more," the words that end lines 4, 5 and 6, match the rhyme of "lore," so we give these lines the letter B. Therefore the poem has a regular rhyme scheme that can be expressed in the following way: A B C B B B. This is continued throughout the poem.

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