The Raven
Updated: 1/30/2020
The Raven
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Storyboard Text

  • "Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!—Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore, Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted—On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore—Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!" Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
  • Figurative Language:
  • The raven that showed up at Poe’s demonstrated no harm; nevertheless, Poe viewed it as a creature of evil.
  • This supports the eerie mood of this poem because Poe describes how frightening the raven is. 
  • This supports the eerie mood of the story because Poe includes "...each separate dying ember its ghosts upon the floor. That statement gives off a feeling of eeriness because usually ghosts are perceived as haunting spirits.
  • When Poe thinks about one night in December, he clearly remembers the way the fire and embers moved and what it felt like to him.
  • Imagery:
  • "Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor."
  • Tone:
  • This tone supports the eerie mood of the story because it shows that it was a completely silent night, but not in a peaceful way. The reader understands that the silence is meant to be perceived as frightening and eerie. It also helps the reader understand how hopeless Poe is because every sound he hears, he hopes for his lover, Lenore.
  • There was an eerie silence, but with every sound he heard, Poe hoped it was his lost lover
  • "But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore?"
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