"The Raven" really deserves all of its fame. Perfect example of romantic poetry.
Really? I always thought it was too dark...
Exactly! The raven being an evil, supernatural being is an example of romanticism because it's emphasizing fantastical over the real, literal. Plus, Poe goes heavy on the figurative language.
That doesn't mean it isn't an example of romanticism! The narrator's battle with the raven shows us his inner mind, so it's very focused on the self.
Good point. And there's all that imaginative business with the supernatural aspect of the raven.
Everything is also focused on solely from this narrator's perspective. We get HIS internal thoughts, and it's a very individualistic mindset. We're not dealing with a ton of characters. His mind and his inner sense of self, and that is a big element of romanticism.
Don't forget his short story, "Leigeia." When she returns from the dead, that's a great example of how romanticism doesn't deal with the literal and is much more imaginative.
Her bridal chamber is filled with really descriptive imagery that feels so artificial from our reality. I think that's an example of romanticism, too.