Both poems contain references to spirits. The narrator of Annabel Lee says that his and her spirits were intertwined and could not be severed. Throughout The Raven, the narrator's spirit burns with horror from the start of his meeting with the raven, and he longs to be reunited with Lenore.
In addition, both poems are about lost love. The Raven details the tragic end of a love story while Annabel Lee speaks of a girl who has been buried for five years of which only her head remains. Her father keeps her body in bed all day and every night he sings her a song because she loved music.
Finally, both poems are about death. The Raven ends with the narrator looking at his own death while Annabel Lee concludes with its main character dead. Death is a common theme in both poems but this does not make them identical; instead they share some similar elements that make them similar poems.
One thing that can be said about The Raven and Annabel Lee is that they are both very beautiful poems. Both poets used their knowledge of language to create works that not only tell stories but also make readers feel something. People have been reading and listening to these poems for hundreds of years and they continue to do so today.
"Annabel Lee" and "The Raven" are comparable in that they both share the same tone and subject matter. The two poems, however, are distinct because the speaker felt differently about both of his lost girls. The atmosphere is depressing in the poems "Annabel Lee" and "The Raven."
Furthermore, the raven in "The Raven" is a symbol of death while Annabel Lee is a symbol of life. These contrasting ideas surrounding death and life make these two poems similar in tone. Finally, like "Annabel Lee," "The Raven" is a poetic narrative written in iambic pentameter.
In conclusion, these two poems have many similarities including being lyrical poems that deal with depression and grief. However, they also differ in certain ways such as the speaker feeling differently about both of his lost girls. Further more, the raven in "The Raven" is a symbol of death while Annabel Lee is a symbol of life. This comparison of "Annabel Lee" and "The Raven" shows that even though these two poems may appear at first glance to be very similar, they actually differ greatly in content and style.
"The Raven" is told in the first person by an anonymous, untrustworthy speaker. He is bereaved by the loss of his love, Lenore, and his mental state deteriorates throughout the poem. The last line of the poem provides proof that she was indeed beautiful: "Lenore was beautiful, endless stories were her name."
It's possible that the raven is the mind-deranged speaker himself, but this isn't clear from the poem. We can also assume that he isn't trustworthy since he tells a series of lies in the course of the poem. For example, he says that he has seen "her" on numerous occasions even though we never find out who or what "she" is. He also claims to have flown over "many lands", which doesn't make much sense since ravens don't have wings. Finally, he says that she has promised to wait for him beyond the grave even though there are no graveside vows in Irish tradition.
In conclusion, the raven is unreliable because it tells lies about Lenore being dead when she isn't, and it claims to have done things it couldn't have done. However, it may be that the poet is only using this as a metaphor for how crazy the speaker is becoming due to losing Lenore. Alternatively, it is possible that she is still alive waiting for him beyond the grave.
The titular raven depicts the speaker's never-ending anguish at Lenore's death. As a result, the poem's main action—the raven disturbing the speaker's seclusion—symbolizes how the speaker's anguish pervades his every thought...
The tone of "The Raven" is melancholy and gloomy. The poem's speaker has lost his love, Lenore. She has been kidnapped by a band of criminals who will sell her to the highest bidder. The speaker goes about his quest for revenge by seeking out the criminals one by one and killing them. He succeeds in killing all but one of the men, who escapes.
The Raven is written in iambic pentameter, a type of poetic rhythm that uses five pairs of metered lines. Each line of the poem contains 14 syllables except for the final line which only has 13 due to the use of a caesura (a natural break) right before it. Thus, each stanza of The Raven consists of seven iambic pentameters with three 5-syllable lines and four 4-syllable lines.
The last stanza of the poem is an example of a tercet. A tercet is a group of three lines containing two similes and one metaphor. The first two lines compare birds of a feather flocking together while the third line combines these two ideas into one image: "Each soul its own winged messenger brings."
The majority of the poem is dismal and dreary in tone. The narrator is first pleased to meet the raven, but becomes enraged when the bird refuses to inform him about Lenore. He attacks it, only to find that it is a female. Enraged, he leaves her there and goes in search of another raven. When he finds one, he kills it too.
This shows that even though birds seem innocent, they can be dangerous too. We can never judge a book by its cover.
Birds are beautiful creatures and can be useful too. For example, ravens have been known to bring food to people who are sick or injured. But like any other animal, they can also be harmful if approached without caution.
"The Raven" follows an anonymous narrator on a bleak December night who sits by a dwindling fire reading "lost tales" to forget the loss of his beloved Lenore. A "knock at [his] bedroom door" shows nothing but makes his spirit "flame." "Nevermore," is the raven's sole response. The next morning, the narrator goes out into the blizzard and finds Lenore dead. He burns all her letters before going back home.
This poem is often referred to as one of the most famous poems in English literature. It has been interpreted by many different people over time, including Poe himself, as being about many different things. Some interpretations include:
Lost love - the narrator spends the whole poem looking for Lenore, only to find her dead.
Fate - believing that they will never see each other again, the narrator decides to have some fun with fate by writing a letter to lenore telling her what he thinks will happen to her.
Death - the poem ends with the narrator realizing that death will always be watching him.
The supernatural - the knock at the door and the flame from within suggest that something other than human beings are there. This idea is further developed when the narrator sees no one at the window during the blizzard.
History/geography - the fire has gone out and the blizzard has come.