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The rhyme scheme used in The Raven serves as a large contribution to the mood of the story In each stanza the last word of the second fourth fifth and sixth lines rhyme with each other This particular rhyme scheme acts as a contribution because the ending words that all rhyme somehow relate to a sad depressing aspect of the narrators life For example in the eighth stanza the last word of the second fourth fifth and sixth lines are outpour before before and nevermore The word outpour expresses the narrators outrage and disappointment in the raven for not speaking more than just the one negative word nevermore which is due to the fact that the narrator feels he should be somehow uplifted from the raven but is actually not being helped at all Moreover he is already miserable from the tragedy of what happened before the death of his loved one Lenore Poe the writer of the poem also uses internal rhymes such as his usage of the words uttered fluttered and muttered in the eighth stanza These words emphasize the emotions of both the narrator and the raven When the narrator states that the raven did not utter one word or flutter his feathers he is revealing to the reader that the raven is being highly apathetic towards him despite his tragic loss of Lenore He then states that he muttered that the raven will leave him just like all of his other hopes have left him in the past Poe uses the word muttered to express how the man feels gloomy and heartbroken from the rejection of the neglecting raven Thus the rhyme scheme used in this poem reveals the melancholy mood of the each stanza by using words that portray the aspects of both the man and the raven
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