How does Poe's "The Raven" reflect the era in which it was written?

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This poem was written during the Romantic era, an age that privileged emotion over reason, and the experiences of the individual over those of society. The narrator's feelings are given total primacy in this poem as he experiences fear, hope, anger, and despair in turn. This is one way in which the poem's content reflects the era in which it is written. Romantics believed that the experience of intense emotion is more fundamental to the human experience than the application of logic or reason because we are born knowing how to feel deeply (and we must be taught to be reasonable). The narrator certainly experiences intense emotions both before and after the raven appears.

Further, in many Romantic and Gothic texts, the possibility of something supernatural seems to exist, as it does in this poem as well. First, the narrator hopes that the ghost of his dead lover, Lenore , has returned to him. Later, he attributes a great deal of supernatural knowledge to the strange raven, believing it is...

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