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What is an example of personification in "The Raven"?  

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Posted April 12, 2013 at 2:36 AM via web

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What is an example of personification in "The Raven"?

 

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 14, 2013 at 1:32 AM (Answer #1)

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Personification is "a figure of speech in which abstractions, animals, ideas, and inanimate objects are endowed with human form, character, traits, or sensibilities." (eNotes)

Keeping this in mind, think about the ways in which the raven is described in the poem. The narrator says its entrance into the room is "stately" and his perch above the door shows "mien of lord or lady." In fact, the raven flies into the room; it knows nothing of acting dignified like royalty.

The narrator goes on to tell how the raven talked - not with a bird-like caw but one word, spoken with great clarity and emotion, "as if his soul in that one word he did outpour." And the poem continues.

All these descriptions of the raven's speech, action, emotion - all of these are examples of personification.

as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.

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