October 10, 2004


When reading Poe’s The Raven, it once again reminded me of Poe’s main theme in many of his pieces of literature. Many of his works come back to the subject of death. This was the case with The Raven. In the lines, “By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, “Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “are sure no craven…” there is a certain tone that suggests the theme of death is present within the poem. Again in the line, “Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore,” the theme of death arises. By saying, “One burden bore,” Poe is suggesting that someone now has the burden of death, which is the Raven’s “song.”

Posted by GinaBurgese at October 10, 2004 08:48 PM
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