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THE RAVEN

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Adriana Guadron

on 27 March 2013

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Transcript of THE RAVEN

By Edgar Allen Poe The Raven Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allan Poe was known as a poet and an author. He was a writer in the United States Romantic Era, which was the era after the Revolutionary War until the early 1900's. His poems and short stories were unlike any authors of his time, his writings focused on grim and horror. His work was considered "dark romantic." It is believed that Poe's writings were dark because, from a young age, he witnessed many deaths. The death of his mother and father before he had turned three, and his wife/cousin, Virginia Clemm, died from Tuberculosis after 12 years of marriage. The cause of Edgar Allan Poe's death in 1894 is still unknown. He was buried in Baltimore, Maryland. SETTING The setting takes place in Poe's bedroom at midnight on a "bleak December" night .
The setting stays the same throughout the entire poem. TONE AND THEME Tone The main theme we see in the Raven The unnamed narrator is emotionally unstable. "Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow. From my books surcease of sorrow. sorrow for the lost Lenor" in this line the unnamed narrator is telling us that he is sad, depressed from his lose of Lenor. Symbol The Raven plays a big role in this poem. It is not unlikely that Poe would choose a raven because when you image a Raven, it is a dark scary looking bird that blinds in to the night sky. The Raven expresses a theme of Royalty. As Poe attempts to sleep while in "sorrow for the lost Lenore," he begins to experience what he believes to be paranormal activity. This shows that he is in a state of depression and vulnerable to his surroundings. Grieving the death of Lenore, Poe finds comfort in believing the Raven. "Other friends have flown before - on the morrow he will leave me as my hopes have flown before." Here, he's saying he's been let down in the past by friends and his hopes of eventually being happy have flown away. Then, the Raven replies with, "Nevermore." This makes Poe feel as if he may finally have the chance he's been looking for, to have a sense of closure and accept the fact that Lenore is no longer with him. Poe says, "By these angelshe has sent thee, Respite - respite the nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore." This is telling the reader that the spirits are giving him one last time to see Lenore before he chooses to move on. Poe understands the only answer the Raven will give is, "Nevermore." However, he still asks whether or not heaven accepted Lenore. Then, after not getting the answer he desired, he says, "Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door" meaning his lonliness remains unbroken and his sorrow remains for the memory of Lenore. The bird says that he will forever be perched above the chamber door.
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