Both poems are about men passively observing life and their dreams slip away even as their minds slip away into something darker. “Minniver Cheevy,” by E. A. Robinson is more straightforward. The third person narrator tells the reader exactly what it is that Minniver wants so badly while at the same time he scorns those very things in others. He is letting his life slip away due to his failure to obtain a clear idea of his life goals even as his mind is slipping into the haze of alcoholism. The first person narrator in “The Raven,” by Edgar Allen Poe reveals his slow descent into insanity as the raven comes to mock him about and remind him of those goals, dreams, and etc. that he does not have and those moments in life that will “nevermore” come again.
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