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Edgar Allan Poes The Raven representing Poes own crisis is oddly moving and eye-catching to the reader In his essay entitled The Philosophy of Composition Poe reveals his purpose in writing The Raven and also describes the work of constructing the poem as being calculated in all aspects Of all the distressing topics Poe wished to use the one that was universally understood death specifically death involving a loved one The tone seemingly represents a very painful state of mind an intellect receptive to insanity and the void of depression brought upon by the death of a beloved woman When Poe had decided to use a refrain that repeated the word nevermore he found that it would be most effective if he used a non-reasoning creature to utter the word It would make little sense to use a human being since another person could reason to answer the questions The narrator tells what he remembers about the setting and action at the time of the Ravens visit It was December the first month of winter and a time when the nights are longest creating a mood of mystery Both midnight and December symbolize closure as midnight is the last hour of the day and December is the last month of the year Midnight and December also represent the anticipation of something new a change to happen To set the mood Poe uses mysterious and depressing words in these descriptions bleak dying and ghost To escape his heavy mood the speaker has been reading he says it was a vain attempt to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow that is to find something in his books that would take his mind off the sadness he feels about his lost love Lenore He reveals that Lenore has died when he says that the angels call her by name The phrase from out my heart Poe claims is used in combination with the
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