In Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” he describes the embers as “dying” for a number of reasons. He uses the lines:
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
He is using the literary technique of personification to describe the fire as it slowly dissipates. He gives the fire the human quality of death adding to the overall theme of the poem. This is a deep, dark poem and the narrator is not sitting in front of a cozy fire enjoying himself, in fact, he is tormented throughout the poem. The narrator is spending his evening reading old books in front of the fire that is slowly going out. His mind wanders off to thinking about the love of his life, Lenore, who passed away. By using the word “dying”to describe the fire, Poe emphasizes the idea of death that continues throughout the somber poem.