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Syntax in The Raven

Syntax Examples in The Raven:

The Raven

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"—..."   (The Raven)

The em-dash punctuation signals an abrupt change of thought or tone. Poe uses it frequently within this poem to build intensity and demonstrate the narrator's wavering mind. Notice how the narrator interrupts his train of thought, or attempts to stop his fantastical thinking using this punctuation.

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