In "THE RAVEN" the powerful effect of this poem derives in part from rhyme,both end rhyme and internal rhyme.which four lines rhyme in every stanza?rhyme Edgar Allan Poe

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Sound effects are of paramount importance in Edgar Allan Poe's poem, "The Raven." In fact, every stanza the second, fourth, and sixth lines rhyme. For instance in the final stanza,

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting,

On  the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chanber door;

And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,

And the lamplight o'er him steaming throws his shadow on the floor;

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor;

Shall be lifted--nevermore! 


Notably, the entire poem uses the same b end rhyme.  In an effort to make this repeated rhyme, Poe has at times made it difficult to follow the narrative.  However, this compulsive repetition of rhyme as well as words such as ominous serves Poe's purpose of conveying the agitation of the speaker as his mind keeps running through similar phrases while he considers the dark, omnious raven that looms near him, a bird that he begins to see as a symbol of his unending sorrow.


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