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What are some literary devices in stanza 12 of "The Raven"? I would like to know the allusion, parallelism, strong imagery, anaphora, and assonance

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Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is one of great balance and rhythm; it is noted for its melodic qualities in its rhyming trochaic octameter.  Stanza 12 of this poem certainly exemplifies the beauty of Poe's poem. In it there are several literary devices employed:


Poe makes reference to the bust of Pallus, the bust of Athena, the godess of wisdom.  Also, he refers to the raven as "this ominous bird of yore"; the raven has been historically connected to magic, having been associated with...

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