Response To Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven

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For this response, I decided to read three poems by Edgar Allan Poe. His works have always fascinated me, opening my mind and allowing to critically think about what he is saying. Poe’s most well known poem, The Raven, is one that I had read before, but never out loud. When reading this poem out loud multiple things really stuck out to me. First, the frequent use of rhyming and rhythm was completely transformed when reading the poem aloud. Before, the poem felt stale, but when spoken it truly came alive. The poem now felt like a song, its lucrative composure truly encapsulates the tone. It repeats the word nevermore multiple times, sending a chill through my spine at the end of every stanza. The poem is dark and eerie, but somehow feels comfortable at the same time. The second poem, which is much less well known, is called Alone. The saddening story truly speaks to those who feel like they were always left by themselves. The poem starts, “From childhood's hour I have not been -- As others were.” This first sentence captures the tone of the entire poem to come. Poe relates to …show more content…
Eldorado, is an ancient city of legend that it made entirely of gold. The poem reads a lot like The Raven, with heavy rhyming and a futile quest to find meaning to life. The knight in the poem starts his journey off strong, but time draws his strength away. He continues to search, but never find the city of Eldorado. Just like The Raven, where Poe asks the bird for advice on life, the knight asks a shade where the city possibly is. The shade tells him, "Over the Mountains -- Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow.” This statement represents the knight journeying through life and into death. The city of Eldorado is nowhere to be found in this life, instead maybe in the next. This represents Poe’s negative view about the world we live in. There is no perfect city, or place, in this life, but hopefully we can find it in the