In “The Raven,” Edgar Allan Poe creates an ominous and despaired mood through his choice of figurate language, imagery, tone, and setting.
The quote "That I scarce was sure I heard you"— here I opened wide the door; — Darkness there, and nothing more." expresses imagery and makes the poem feel eerie. This directly relates to the ominous mood.
Metaphors are used in this poem to set the stage for the mood and deeply describe what he is going through. An example would be the quote “But the silence was unbroken,” which was used to describe the despaired mood.
The repetition of “nevermore” can give the reader a feeling of insecurity not knowing exactly what the raven meant, providing an unsettled feeling that adds to the ominous mood.
The quote “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,” tells the reader the setting of the poem; a chilling and creepy feeling that directly affects the ominous mood of the poem.
The tone of "The Raven" is melancholy and dismal. In the poem, the main character lost a loved one and can't find any answers to his questions about her from the raven. The quote "From my books surcease of sorrow — sorrow for the lost Lenore" states the sorrow he is feeling for Lenore.