The Raven Topic:
The Raven is about how the author is haunted byhis grief of the death
of his lover, Lenore. Theme: The untimely death of a beautiful woman.
Sense: I think that the whole poem is about the death of abeautiful
woman. It seems to me that the raven symbolizesthe grief he has for
his lost love, Lenore. Once he let theraven in it tormented his soul
forever. I think the reasonwhy the raven keeps saying nevermore is
because heknows that Lenore is never coming back. The poem
isbasically that the bird is a sad and never-endingremembrance of his
lost love, Lenore. The writer seems tothink that he will never forget
his lover because she willalways live in his mind forever.
Summary:During a cold, dark evening in December, a man isattempting
to find some contentment from theremembrance of his lost love,
Lenore, by reading volumesof “forgotten lore.” Just as he is
about to fall asleep,something knocks at his door. First he thought
that theknock was only a result of his dreaming, then finally heopens
the door, but there is no one there. He looks out thedoor scared and
curious, when he goes to speak he canonly say the word “Lenore.”
When he closes the door,another knock is immediately heard on the
window. Hethrows open the shutter and window, and in steps a
large,beautiful raven, which immediately posts itself on the bustof
Pallas Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, above theentrance of the
room. He asks its name, and the birdreplies “Nevermore.”
Believing “Nevermore” to be theraven’s name, he is curious, but
he believes the name isn’trelevant to his question, because he has
never heard ofany man or animal called by that name. Although the
birdis peaceful, the narrator mutters to himself that it, like
allother blessings of his life, will soon leave him. Again thebird
replies “Nevermore.” Intrigued, he pulls a chair updirectly
before the bird to more readily direct his
attention to the
raven, and to figure out the meaning of thebird’s reply. While he
thinks in the chair, he starts to thinkof Lenore. Suddenly overcome
with grief, he believes thatthe raven is from god, who intends to
help him get rid ofhis grief, but again the bird replies “nevermore”.
Thespeaker then thinks the bird is not what it seems, callingit a
“thing of evil,” and asks it whether there is “balm inGilead,”
a biblical reference to a land with suffering.Again, the word
“nevermore” is the only answer. Hedemands that the bird leave, he
attempts to send the birdback to the “Plutonian shore” of Hell
from where it came.The bird, replies again “nevermore,” and sits
there on thebust of Pallas to this day, to torment the speaker’s
soulforever, about his lost love. Intention: The poem was probably
written because thepoet has actually gone through similar
experiences.Maybe Poe was writing about his wife Virginia that died.
Tone: The poet is very sad about the loss of his lover,Lenore, the
poet wants to forget about her but he can’tbecause he loved her so
deeply.Structure: The poem is a metaphor poem. The raven isbeing
compared to the grief of his lost lover, Lenore. Thepoet is giving
you an image of a man sitting in his housebeing tormented by the
raven that symbolizes the grief ofhis lost love, Lenore. As much as
the poet wants to forgetabout his lost lover he can’t because he
loved her sodeeply. When Poe was constructing this poem he made itso
it had a very distinct rhyming structure. He breaks thepoem into
sections sort of like ever section is its ownindividual poem. In the
middle of the first line where youwould normally end it he has a word
that rhymes withthe last word of that line. Then he breaks his
pattern byadding a new line that the last word rhymes with, twolines
later. The third line corresponds with the first.However, the last
section was quite different from the rest.The fifth line doesn’t
rhyme but continues into the sixthline that rhymes with the second
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