Fantastic Terrors' In Edgar Allan Poe's Poem "The Raven"
The Raven is about a man that starts late at night where he is reading, half sleeping and trying to forget his lost love, in which he hears tapping on the door and he becomes curious wondering who it is. He gets up and goes and investigate thinking its his love but it's a raven who he then talks to and the raven answers with “Nevermore”. In the “Raven” we see that the speaker is in a physiological state in which he shows in his poem, it will be demonstrated of how in each stanza his attitude starts changing and how he starts creating his own illusions in which are not mentally possible.
The Author of “The Raven” is Edgar Allan Poe an American writer in which most his stories are mysterious and macabre, this poem was inspired from the pet of the writer Charles Dickens a raven, that he was so fascinated of the ways it acted that he wanted to write about it in which then the raven was created in 1845. Edgar Allen Poe uses writing in which it intrigue the writer of what each word or sentence in his poem is trying to say or mean. For example he quotes “filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before/ so that now…” in which he uses this quote to show what he is feeling which is fearful because in this quote it explains how terrified and mournful he is for the lost of his beloved and he can’t do anything about it. The speaker blames himself for not being able to do anything about his lost and starts to feels terrified for what's to come, is what he thinks.
Poe makes us feel confused on what is happening in each stanza he tries to mentally confuse us so as to figure out what is really happening. For example in this quote the speaker is heartbroken of his los and so he mourns for her death thinking she’ll return “And the only word there was spoken was the whispered word “Lenore?”This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!” The speaker is hopeful that it is his beloved that is there and that she is back. The speaker here is so eager to get his beloved back that he creates his own hopeful state about his passing. Poe wants us to see how one is so idealized by something so easily that we become so mentally ill on what we want to believe or what to think. For example “ the prophet!” said I,”thing of evil!” - prophet still, if bird or devil -/Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed there ashore…” in this quote the speaker is speaking to the the raven as it is speaking back at him like a person. The speaker is physiologically ill because the author starts speaking to the raven normally but then he starts getting mad, frustrated of his own thoughts that he creates the raven as another person inside of his mind as it were speaking to him. Our minds start to play tricks on us that by having to experience something mornful we go to a coma like state in which oneself creates. In the qoute “And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor/shall be lifted-nevermore!” The speaker is so centered into his own thoughts that he creates a wall around his mind in order to stay as how he is. He is still with the raven according to his surrounding in which he becomes so focused that he stay as a statue, a scaring glowing demon who imprisons himself in his soul and mind. We start out hearing a story about a talking raven on a dark night, and we end up watching a man descend into his own personal hell.
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