How Does Poe Use Alliteration In The Raven

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“The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe is a narrative poem that describes the toll depression and heartbreak takes on a man. The speaker in this poem is a man who has recently lost a woman, Lenore. When a raven shows up at the speaker’s window, his mind puts him through a haze of knowing what is real and what is not. The speaker repeatedly asks the raven questions and only receives one answer, Nevermore. The raven’s response gets inside the speaker’s head and causes him to slip deeper into depression. There are several instances of alliteration in this poem. The first occurrence appears in the very first stanza, “While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping / As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door” (3-4). The

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