The Raven Hyperbole or Metaphor??greenspun.com : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread
Hey guys, i would greatly appreciate if i can get this tonite,..im lookin to see if their is any examples of metaphors or hyperboles in the Raven..thanks for your help
-- Anonymous, February 04, 2003
hyperbole=exagerration. As he proceeds to terrify himself, diving into the strange terror of the raven, he engages in hyperbole to intensify and dramatize the experience so that he fancies that his monologue is a two way conversation. "dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before"- intentional hyperbole to excite himself further. "allmy soul within me burning" and finally loses it by conferring real personification upon his fancy "Prophet" "thing of evil". Yet nothing except his internal ideas are exagerrated.
The metaphor of a dreaming demon(messenger spirit) is also one superimposed by the musing narrator- not Poe speaking from outside the story. In other words here is a story of a man trapped in his own metaphor and utterly crushed by it even though he knew the raven was incapable of changing his vocab. A symbol of inescapable and unhealed memory of his forever lost Lenore.
-- Anonymous, February 05, 2003