what is the effect of repetitions in The Raven

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What effect do the repetitions have in The Raven? At what point in The Raven does the narrator's mood change from melancholy to anger?

-- Anonymous, May 16, 2002


As with the narrator the effect is emotional and psychological. Escalation of doubt then anger and horror. It is not just a poetic device but a rhythm of the plot inner monologue itself as the poet obsesses with his croaking guest.

-- Anonymous, May 17, 2002

Also the obvious nuances and changes as the Raven repeats "Nevermore" are ingenious. The only real change is in the mind of the questioner. Think of this as a predecessor to the frustration of the Abbott and Costello "Who's on First" routine.

-- Anonymous, May 17, 2002

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