Edgar Allan Poe 1809-1849. Clarify Terms. Literal Meaning. Figurative Meaning. The exact meaning of the word or words. Example: In many ways and many a year ago. . Describing something by comparing it to something else. With a love that the winged seraphs in heaven coveted her and me.
Theme: Life lesson, meaning, moral, or message about life or human nature that is communicated by a literary work.
In other words…
Theme is what the story teaches readers.