THE RAVEN

"And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore"


Edgar's use of personification is used when he describes his soul floating on the floor, and shall be lifted nevermore. He became frightened by the raven tapping at his chamber door and described his fear like he soul escaping his body and feeling nothing at all.



"Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'"


Since birds can't talk, Poe gives the raven a human characteristic of speech. He felt that the bird perched upon his chamber door was mocking him, also giving him human like characteristics we all don't sppreciate. As his fear grew, so did his intolerable urge to get the raven out of his chamber.



"Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore."


Although the ember didn't literally leave a ghost upon the floor, the embers left a spark to their ashes even after their flame was out. Edgar's embers were his love for the lost Lenore. Like the ember's spark, his love was never ending for her.




KAsher
Poe, Edgar A. "The Fall of the House of Usher." The Literature Network. 5 Feb. 2009 <http://www.online-literature.com/poe/31/>.

"Personification definition." Personification. 8 Feb. 2009 <http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Personification>.