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Raven and Poe

             Edger Allan Poe was born in January 19th of 1809 in Boston. About 12 of his works are known for their flawless literary construction. He is also known for his tales of mysterious and macabre. There is no doubt that he was one of the most successful writers of all time.
             "The Raven" is Poe's best known and written work. It was first published in 1845. He is using great amount of symbolism in the raven to express his feelings. The most obvious symbol is, of course, the raven itself. Poe uses raven as a symbol of mournful and never-ending sadness. Poe had repeatedly used the word "nevermore". In this poem Poe build the tension, stanza by stanza, but when the stanza reaches to its climax he tears the whole thing down, and lets us know that there is no meaning in searching for morale in the raven's "nevermore".
             The other symbols he is using are "midnight in the first verse, and "December" in the second verse. Here both December and midnight are symbol of end of something. They also anticipate that something new or a change going to happen.
             In "The Raven" Poe talks a lot of loneliness. The chamber where he is positioned is used to signify the loneliness of man. Since Poe himself had suffered from loneliness and depression this poem is some how related to his own life. Poe also refers to a bust of Pallas above his chamber door. Pallas was the Greek God of wisdom. And he had mentioned about the Plutonium shores, which is referring to hell.

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