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

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edcon eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The distinctive features of Romanticism include an emphasis on the imaginative, fantastic, emotional, and spiritual in human experience with an emphasis on the self. It rejects the rational, logical, and factual aspects of existence. In the hands of Poe, it usually included Gothic, nostalgic, symbolic, and supernatural elements.

The speaker of "The Raven" is given to obsessive introspection as he muses over antique books alone in his book-filled study. The setting is late at night at the end of the year, he is alone by firelight, and the weather is cold and unsettled—all elements of the Gothic. The "bust of Pallas" symbolizes the classical era of the idealized past and his quest for knowledge and wisdom.

The speaker's desperation to know what happens after death and whether he will be reunited with "the lost Lenore" drives the poem's narrative. His emotional state is extreme; he moves from depressed to curious, to angry, and back again to depressed. He explores the spiritual, asking if there will be "balm in Gilead" and whether God has sent the bird to comfort him, but he does not find the comforting answers he seeks in the raven's one-word vocabulary: "nevermore."

It is reasonable to claim that the raven is a symbol of the narrator's grief; he concludes, at the poem's end, that it will never leave him.

tinicraw eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, there are many examples of romanticism. First of all, individualism as expressed by Romantics is clear as the poem is written in first person. One of the most lonely moments in life is after experiencing the loss of a loved one and this loneliness is key to unlocking extreme emotion and deep reflection as also found in romanticism. The speaker of the poem is interrupted during an intense moment of grief by a knock at the door; then later, he is interrupted by the raven who flies into his room and disturbs his personal moment. He even feels that his sublime moment is mocked when he says, "Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling." This angers the speaker, but not as much as the fact that the raven only has one confusing reply to all of his questions--"Nevermore." Another aspect of romanticism is the thought of the universe being connected to God, which is also mentioned in the ninth stanza. The clashing of universe with self is personified and symbolized by the bird entering his room. A dark black bird presenting itself at such a time when life and death are so close is disturbing for a grieving subject and drives him mad.

thewanderlust878 | Student

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. 

yaarneeraj98 | Student
-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.