The Raven vs. The First Snowfall

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The Raven vs. The First Snowfall During the time period of Romanticism, many great poets emerged. Two of the best poets during this time period included Edgar Allen Poe and James Russell Lowell. Throughout these poet’s lives, they suffered many tragic deaths among their friends and families and decided to write about them. One of Poe’s greatest poems was called The Raven and one of Lowell’s greatest poems was called The First Snowfall. Since these two poems speak about death, they are very similar in somber tone, funeral images, and gothic elements, which all create a mournful mood. One of the ways that The Raven and The First Snowfall are similar is how the somber tone throughout the poems creates a mournful mood. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary” (1). This quote from The Raven is an example of somber tone because it sets a dark tone to help develop the mournful mood of the poem. “And thought of the leaden sky” (26). This specific quote from The First Snowfall is a great example of a somber tone because is speaks about how the sky is a dull, gray color. The somber tone of these two poems is what makes them so similar, but there are more ways that show how they can be even more similar. The second way that The Raven and The First Snowfall are similar is by the funeral images both authors describe in their poems. One of the funeral images used by Edgar Allen Poe in The Raven is the quote: “And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor” (8). In this quote, he is trying to describe the fire as dying to represent his lover who had just died. One of the funeral images used by James Russell Lowell in The First Snowfall is used in the quote: “The noiseless work of the sky” (14).

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