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In "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, what are some specific examples of Romanticism?

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Romanticism often focuses on elements of the supernatural, which is definitely a feature that appears in "The Raven." This seemingly prophetic bird knocks at the narrator's chamber not once—but twice. First the narrator hears a tapping at his chamber door but opens it to find only darkness. Then the tapping quickly seems to come from his window. The raven calmly "steps" in and then perches upon a bust of Pallas Athena. This bird tortures the narrator, repeating the word "Nevermore" over and over as the narrator questions him about the lost Lenore. Clearly, the raven has unearthly powers in its ability to utter human speech. In the end, the raven never leaves the narrator, eternally tormenting him with its "demon eyes."

Another quality of Romanticism is using simple and especially natural subjects. This is captured both in the narrator's tormentor (the raven, a common and rather ordinary bird) and in the themes that the poem explores of grief, love, and loss.

Romanticism also often idealizes...

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Like much of Poe's work, "The Raven" incorporates many of the elements of Romanticism. First and foremost, the poem is written from the first-person point of view, and it focuses on the narrator's thoughts and feelings as things happen around them. In the very first line, Poe writes "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary." We have the use of the word "I" to immediately point out the narrator and the point of view, and we also have the verb "pondered." The narrator is thoughtful and we're listening into those thoughts right from the start.

Another major element of Romanticism is the inclusion of strange or supernatural events, objects, or characters. Poe hints at those strange and supernatural things to come when he writes in the second line "a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore." The words "curious" and "forgotten lore" give us clues and begin to build this world into which a speaking raven can exist. He doubles down on this spooky environment in the second stanza with the line "And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor." This all culminates in the arrival of a speaking raven, the strange and supernatural element that we've been waiting for and a great example of Romanticism.

A third example of Romanticism in "The Raven" is Poe's portrayal of Lenore. An element of Romanticism is the idealization of women, and Poe does this here with the narrator's feelings on Lenore. He idealizes her with his word choice. In the second stanza, the narrator thinks, "the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore." The words "rare" and "radiant" set her apart, and he puts her on a pedestal by evoking her alongside angels. He repeats this description for Lenore near the end of the poem, showing his unwavering, idealized opinion of her.

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Romanticism is defined as:

a style of art, literature, etc., during the late 18th and early 19th centuries that emphasized the imagination and emotions. 

In The Raven, romanticism is very apparent, especially with the narrator. His emotions are running high throughout the course of the poem; he is grieving for his wife, his senses are heightened, etc. His imagination is also running wild, especially when the raven comes in, which is another characteristic. 

masterminded | Student

I'm sorry, but i meant examples in the text - my bad i didn't make it clear enough when askd the question. 

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-The characteristics of Romantic poetry from the 1800's are that it emphasizes feeling, intuition and imagination to a point of irrationalization. -Charles Baudelaire quoted that "Romanticism is precisely situated neither in choice of subject nor exact truth, but in a way of feeling." -Others feel that it emphasizes individualism, freedom from rules, spontaneity, solitary life rather then life in society, and the love of beauty and nature. -Victor Hugo's phrase "liberalism in literature," meaning especially the freeing of the artist and writer from restrains and rules and suggesting that phase of individualism marked by the encouragement of revolutionary political ideas.