By: Edgar Allan Poe
10th Lit. Comp.
The movement of the poem involves a list of ideas that assist in telling of the events recalled in the poem. The poem begins by stating simple perceptions that the author believes about his past, and progressively discusses the effects of his socially withdrawn personality.
Multiple forms of imagery are exhibited in the poem. The author uses devices such as personification to reveal how concepts can dictate his emotions. The narrator writes that he is troubled by "...a mystery which binds me still" (Poe 12), which serves to emphasize how inanimate entities can pester him. The poem additionally conveys the idea of a metaphorical demon that the speaker faces. He witnesses a dreadful and upsetting being, while others see that "...the rest of heaven was blue" (Poe 21).The metaphor of a "demon" represents the internal emotions that badger the speaker and make him feel isolated.
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