How does Edgar Allan Poe create suspense in The Raven?
Repetition: While repetition is frequently used by poets to emphasize a phrase or meaning in a work, Poe uses repetition to build tension. By describing the action of the "tapping, tapping" upon the chamber door several times throughout the poem, the reader's attention is repeatedly drawn to the mysterious noise before Poe actually reveals the source of the sound. Like the speaker of the poem, the reader begins to obsess over what the source of the sound could possibly be, which creates suspense as they await the answer.
Rhyme Scheme: Poe uses a fairly unique ABCBBB rhyme scheme throughout the poem. The slight variation keeps the piece from sounding tedious to the ear, however the constant return to the B rhyme, the "or" sound, pulls the reader onward from line to line through the poem. The expectation of this end rhyme quickens the pace of the poem, which also works to...
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