Harked the Reader, “Nevermore”

While Edgar Allen Poe represents the majority of the Gothic genre, he still maintains both Classical and Modern themes in his writing. The best example of the phenomenon is his poem The Raven. Even though the dark macabre themes in this work are clearly evident, his references to the past, along with a mix of confusion and disorientation, show several other literary styles. One of the main ways that Poe shows his Classical nature is through referencing Greek mythology throughout the work. The Raven, a reference in itself to a story involving the messenger god Hermes, immediately sits on a bust of the god of wisdom, Pallas Athena. These points are made throughout the work, but are still only a fraction of the literary complexity that makes The Raven Poe’s most famous work. One of the most important themes in the story involve the Modern literary style. Throughout the poem, the reader sees the narrator descend into madness, breaking stream of consciousness, and further fragmenting the narration being given. It is with this combination of literary styles that we can further analyze Poe as both a writer and a wordsmith.


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One Response to Harked the Reader, “Nevermore”

  1. beans11 says:

    The sentence just before the concluding sentence of the post is the most vibrant as it displays the progression of the poem right into the greater meaning of the work.

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