"while I pondered, weak and weary," This is an example of alliteration. The author included this to make the poem more enjoyable to read.
"And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor." This is an example of personification. The author included this in order to describe the embers vividly, as opposed to stating what they were doing in a boring way.
"some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door—Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;—" This is an example of repetition. The author uses this to prove the this is an important line.
"From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—"
The overall theme of "The Raven" is that everyone is scared and sorrowful when it comes to death and mortality. The takeaway is that everyone is afraid of death.
"And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;"
The mood of "The Raven" is centered around sorrow, paranoia, and morbidity. This is proven throughout the story because he is sad at first over the loss of Lenore, paranoid throughout the poem when he's worried someone is coming after him, and morbid because he is worried about his own death, and sad about the death of the one he loves.
"So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating"
The speaker is the main character in the story. He is scared, paranoid, and sad all at the same time. The words "I", "my", and "me" are used several times throughout the poem to prove that the speaker is a part of the poem.
Snake in the Grass
Under the Summer sun, I relaxed and ate a Cinnabon,
Slithering slowly, but faster than a seal,
I lowered my guard, whilst watching Die Hard,
My ears hardly heard it zipping, zipping past my heel,
“Must be some running water,” I spoke, “zipping past my heel,"
Simply that and nothing more.
”I am certain it took place in sizzling July,
And every splinter stayed planted in the wood,
As I unsuspectingly awaited my doom, the nachos on my lap began to fume,
It’s such a shame that I had just entered adulthood,
It was my first year as a part of adulthood,
I only wish I had more time.
And the swishing, swashing of each blade of grass,
Stood my hair on end, and sent chills down my spine,
In order to remain my calm, I whispered on,
“Must be a squirrel, running up the pine,
Some nutty squirrel, running up the pine,
Simply that and nothing more”
Suddenly I could not wait, to see what would be of my fate,
“Whatever you are” I spoke, “Do not come any further, for I wish for peace,
I do not wish for you to intrude my time,
I stand ready with a bucket of hot grease,
That I certainly will use on you,” my hot bucket of grease,
But then it pounced, and I was nevermore.
I chose "The Raven" because I previously knew that it was highly acclaimed and that Edgar Allan Poe was an amazing poet. The poem was fairly long and had a very complex vocabulary. It included many literary devices such as alliteration, personification, and repetition to make the poem more enjoyable and to identify certain lines to be very important. The theme that everyone worries about death is apparent throughout the poem, and teaches the reader that it is easy to go mad whilst considering our own mortality. Poe also hints at the mood of the poem which centers around sadness, paranoia, and morbidity. This is what gives "The Raven" its signature edge. Finally, the speaker's point of view is clear from the beginning of the poem whenever the words "I," "me," or "my" are used. The speaker is clearly very distraught and fixated on the events that occurred during the poem. Overall, it was very difficult and enjoyable to read, proving what a brilliant mind hid inside Edgar Allan Poe.
"The Raven" connects to "Snake in the Grass" in many ways. Firstly, They both have the same rhyme scheme which includes rhyming within the same line. Because of this, there is very little pattern when it comes to rhyme. Both poems also contain alliteration. In "The Raven," Poe uses alliteration when he writes, "Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;" I also used alliteration when I wrote, "Slithering slowly, but faster than a seal." These two poems also use repetition in order to identify important lines throughout the poem. Poe uses this technique by writing "“’Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door—Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;—" I also used this technique by writing "“Must be a squirrel, running up the pine, Some nutty squirrel, running up the pine, Finally, both "The Raven" and "Snake in the Grass" have a similar mood of morbidity since death occurs in both poems. In conclusion, "The Raven", and "Snake in the Grass