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Comparing "Alone" and "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe

 
 
Reply Tue 17 Nov, 2009 12:56 am
I'm writing a comparative essay about these two poems. The characters in each poem both suffer from a form of isolation (loss of Lenore in "The Raven", loss of normality in "Alone"). In the end, the two accept their fate (he will always suffer from the grief of Lenore; he will always be different than others no matter what). What drives their isolation? How do they find self-recognition in nature? The raven and the cloud are depicted as devils and in both stories and both deal with nature in a way and open the characters eyes to something they may not have seen before, and this realization fills in the void seen in the beginning. But what exactly causes this to happen?
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Reply Tue 17 Nov, 2009 01:08 am
@dilligaf,
I'd:

a. Copy the poems here

b. Have a go yourself at answering your questions.

You'll likely get more help that way.

For example....I am not sure that the person in Alone ever FELT normality to LOSE it.

Or, at least, there is nothing in the poem to suggest he recognizes he ever felt it...he certainly suffers from a feeling of apartness.
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