The Raven Literary Elements
Updated: 6/19/2019
The Raven Literary Elements
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Author Study: Edgar Allan Poe

By Anna Warfield

Author studies aren't limited to elementary school. Bring on the Poe!


The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

"The Raven" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous works. The poem takes place just after midnight on a December evening. A depressed man is sitting in his library, drifting in and out of sleep as he reminisces about Lenore, his dead lover. Suddenly, he hears a knock, but sees nothing on opening his door. Startled, he convinces himself it was only the wind against the window. He goes to the window to let in fresh air, and a raven swoops in, who perches above the door.




The Raven

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Literary Devices in The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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  • ASSONANCE
  • ALLITERATION
  • SIMILE
  • "rustling of each purple curtain, Thrilled me—filled me"
  • "While I pondered weak and weary"
  • "Suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping"
  • ONOMATOPOEIA
  • tap...tap...tap
  • "The Raven" Literary Elements
  • PERSONIFICATION
  • METAPHOR
  • "...and so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door"
  • "[T]he Raven, sitting lonely [...] spoke only, That one word, as if his soul [...] he did outpour."
  • Nevermore.
  • "And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor"
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