Themes and Characters
As Poe proclaims in "The Philosophy of Composition," the aim of his poem was to elevate the soul, a goal that could best be reached by the presentation of "Beauty." For Poe, Beauty is most readily perceived in a mood of sadness, and the most mournful event that the artist could conceive was "the death of a beautiful woman" (an incident that he believed was "the most poetical topic in the world"). So, a sense of loss, with no hope of ever again seeing the beloved is the real topic of the poem.
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,/ As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
To address this topic, only two characters are needed—one of...
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