Depicting Literary Elements in "The Raven"

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The Raven Literary Elements

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When teaching Poetry, it is often helpful to refresh or introduce students with technical words. Terms like 'metaphor', 'simile', 'stanza', 'alliteration', 'personification', 'rhyme scheme', and 'onomatopoeia' are a few important terms.

After you have read the poem ask your students to do a scavenger hunt using the storyboard creator. Give them the list again and have them create a storyboard that depicts and explains the use of each literary element in the poem! They will have an absolute blast and earn mastery of the words when they are completed. Check out the example storyboard above!

Six Literary Elements that Poe uses in The Raven


DESCRIPTION EXAMPLE
Alliteration Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginnings of words in a sentence or line "While I pondered weak and weary"
Simile A comparison using 'like' or 'as' "Suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping"
Metaphor An implied comparison between two things "And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor"
Personification Giving human-like characteristics to non-human objects or abstract ideas "[T]he Raven, sitting lonely [...] spoke only, That one word, as if his soul [...] he did outpour."
Onomatopoeia The spelling of a word mimics the sound it represents "...and so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door"
Assonance The repetition of a vowel sound "rustling of each purple curtain, Thrilled me—filled me"


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Create a storyboard that shows five or more examples of literary elements in The Raven.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify use of literary elements in the text.
  3. Put the type of literary element in the title box.
  4. Give an example from the text in the description box.
  5. Illustrate the example using using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.

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