Edgar Allan Poe

Spirits of the Dead symbolism

’Mid dark thoughts of the gray tombstone—

Literal meaning: dark thoughts of a tombstone

symbolic: thoughts of suicide and death

The night, tho’ clear, shall frown—

And the stars shall look not down

Literal meaning: the night is clear and the stars are out

symbolic: even though the night is clear the heavens are still frowning and looking down upon earth and humanity.

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