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Analysis and comments on The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 133 of 323, added on April 9th, 2006 at 12:25 PM.

I think this poem is so great. Poe had a really tough life..(here's some
background info on him that you might not have known) Poe's mom died when
he was just 3 years old of Tuberculosis.( i tihnk that's how you spell it)
and his father was an alcoholic and abandonded him. well he went to go live
with foster parents. and then his foster mother died of the same disease
his mother did. He never really had a father figure in his life. Poe got
married to his cousin..Lenore (the name mentioned in his poem..his
sweetheart) when lenore was just 13 years old and he was 27. but that was
pretty common to do back then. his wife was sick for 5 long years..and he
wrote The Raven in the next room over from where his poor wife was on her
deathbed. She died when she was 24 of tuberculosis also. the same age his
mother died. I think poe felt he was cursed and had bad luck because it
seemed like every woman he loved died. I think his life was just tragic. If
you read any of his short stories (for example The Pit and The Pendulum and
Tell Tale Heart) you can really see how he uses alot of things to symbolize
his life. such as when he disembles the body of the old man in Tell Tale
Heart. I could be wrong about this..but i think it symbolizes his
life..being torn apart piece by piece, and in pit and the pendulum..the
blade is swinging by him..right above him..he suffers a slow and painful
death..i think this symbolizes Poe's life also..everyone around him dieing
a slow and painful death..and also himself. Dying lonely and slowly. These
are just some of my opinions..we've been researching Poe a bit in my
english class and i felt like doing some extra work on this poem..The
Raven..its very difficult to understand..so if anyone can help me with
it..like their opinions i tihnk i might be able to form my own. I'm going
to go and reread it a couple of times again. thanks a bunch!

melissa from United States
Comment 132 of 323, added on April 4th, 2006 at 8:15 PM.

it's lovely, gorgoues, wonderful, marvelous, nifty, splendid, and clever.
yes! i am having trouble with picturing the violet chair though. velvet
violet lining. it doesn't seem to fit with the rest of my fabricated grim
and austere surroundings...makes an interesting scene, though... (and i
would love to see Mr. andrew dickinson's work someday...though mayhap tis a
bit presumptious to say you are better than my darling poe...but then
again, you very well may be...)
it's so beautiful and haunting...
huzzah for poe the radtastic!!!!!!!!!

queen trixie the piratical from United States
Comment 131 of 323, added on April 2nd, 2006 at 3:42 PM.

This is the best poem ever written! Edgar Poe was a Genius and he is my
favourite poet. I will love his poetry for ever...
As for "The Raven", this poem is just unique and unsurpassable.

Volodymyr from Ukraine
Comment 130 of 323, added on March 25th, 2006 at 9:43 PM.

after i read all these comments, i felt better in understanding the poem,it
is awefully good. i love it !!!!
I'd like to make some friends who likes poems and who are learning
french!!could you please e-mail me?you've got my address! mydearli@126.com
or you can also use this mydear-1985@163.com i am an english
major in china!i like english!!!

Lily zhang from China
Comment 129 of 323, added on March 25th, 2006 at 6:56 PM.

I have just read the poem, but actually, I knew nothing about it. It seems
so difficult and strange!

Lily from China
Comment 128 of 323, added on March 21st, 2006 at 11:17 AM.

I beilive this poem to be very gracefull and I relate to it 100%. I
appreciate the feel of how death is and how it contributes to everyday
life. If you look hard enough you can even feel the kenitic energy coming
from the spirits. The spirits often talk to me. They tell me that this peom
is very mean. And that you should remove it.

Justene from New Zealand
Comment 127 of 323, added on March 17th, 2006 at 3:14 PM.

This is Edgar Allen Poe at his utter best in real time speach.


Meline from United States
Comment 126 of 323, added on March 3rd, 2006 at 7:50 AM.

Wow! I've read this poem before, but didn't really understand it. I think
that person probably has suffered many losses and that the raven could
represent sorrow or suffering or even death and that the man cannot escape
it no matter how much he tries.

Ellen from United States
Comment 125 of 323, added on February 24th, 2006 at 5:09 PM.

"Hey this is one of the greatest poems ever in my opinion."


You haven't seen my work. But you will someday.

Andrew DIckinson from United States
Comment 124 of 323, added on February 13th, 2006 at 9:37 AM.

Love all of Mr.Poe's works and I would like to say that I know alot about
him, have any questons?(: I am doing a progect on this great other aswell
and would like to use your comments. May I?

Sage from Canada

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: The Raven
Year: 1845
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jul 5 2000


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