In "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, explain any symbols that the poet uses?
“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe finds itself in the category of poetic masterpieces. Poe employs almost every literary device in literature to convey the depths of despair that the nameless narrator feels.
The poem has several symbols that Poe illuminates beginning with the subject of the narrator’s depression-- his lost Lenore. Known only to the angels, the girl has died. The speaker finds Lenore in his every waking thought. Little is learned about her accept that she was important to him. Is she a myth, a memory, or a person gone from his life? The reader never is given this information. However, she represents the speaker’s melancholy.
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore!”
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!”—
Merely this, and nothing more
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