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Analysis and comments on The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 153 of 513, added on March 7th, 2008 at 9:19 AM.

the poem is great and superb,i like its really outstanding.

Zahra khan from Pakistan
Comment 152 of 513, added on November 10th, 2007 at 5:25 PM.

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while i pondered, weak and weary" (The Raven,
1). That sounds like me trying to write a literary analysis essay on this
poem. We have also had to do some poetry writing in my english class and if
you don't appreciate this poem or even if you do try writing some poetry of
your own and then you can appreciate how good this Poe guy really is.

Kevin from United States
Comment 151 of 513, added on November 4th, 2007 at 6:08 PM.

omg i love this poem ny you. i go to harrison central high school and im on
the colorguard team and they picked your poems that we did our show on. you
are very creative.

kalegih church from United States
Comment 150 of 513, added on October 5th, 2007 at 6:04 PM.

Although the Raven was written years before Virginia died, Poe knew she
would die eventually and wrote the Raven as a premonition of his wife's
inevitable death, not in a drunken delirium or as a recurring dream - more
of a foreshadowing nightmare. Poe's mother and stepmother had already died
of TB, and he knew it was a death sentence.

Cayla from United States
Comment 149 of 513, added on August 9th, 2007 at 6:14 PM.

This poem is really amazing. Some poets of my country have tried to
translate it into Portuguese but I didn't like it. Nothing compares to the
original poe's work. I don't know what the poem really means, perhaps we
will never figure out but evertime I read (the Original) The Raven, I feel

Paul from Brazil
Comment 148 of 513, added on May 21st, 2007 at 11:55 PM.

See 'Lenore' poem comment........then seek solace within 'Annabel Lee'

Stevan Fallon Dunn from United States
Comment 147 of 513, added on May 21st, 2007 at 9:43 PM.

Good point that 'Lenore' was written in 1831, but Poe met Virgina Clemm,
his future wife, early in her life...and returned to his aunt's (Maria
Clemm) home in 1831...Virgina was seven at the time. He Married Virgina
Clemm (at age 13) in 1836. Virgina did not show signs of cunsumption until
1843...Died January 30, 1847....The raven was published in 1844...both
'Lenore" and 'The Raven' could have direct relationship to Virgina...as
first 'Lenore', could be premonition of the early death of Virgina
(cunsuption ran in the family), and 'The Raven' as a drunken delirium,
repeating dream....a result of his drinking (an attempt to escape his
Virgina's consumption and her eventual death....[the escape through
alcohol...and most likely cocaine (as it was 'In Vogue'), worked in
reverse....obviously]....anyway....'The Raven's' shadow, as you should
notice, is Edgar's soul....and at the end you will notice the Raven is
still in the same place it always was...."And the raven, , never flitting,
STILL is sitting, STILL is sitting on the pallid bust of Pallas just above
my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is
dreaming, And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the
floor; And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted--nevermore" The Raven that cries nevermore is not a raven
at all, but 'The Shadow' of the Raven that IS the soul of Poe...and the
last line is Poe's resolve that he has come to peace with himself (his
soul) and 'Lenore's' death will be....and he will go on and cease dealing
with the face and the darkness of his soul evermore....."And my soul from
out that shadow that lies floating on the floor... Shall be lifted (from
the depths of Hell)-nevermore." Check Annabel for cross relationship. And
then some Poe Prose.

Stevan Fallon Dunn from United States
Comment 146 of 513, added on April 4th, 2007 at 7:53 PM.

The raven symbolizes gloom, despair, hopelessness, depression, doom ...

Helen from United States
Comment 145 of 513, added on April 2nd, 2007 at 3:50 PM.

i see most people have a misunderstanding of the poem (no offfense) but as
far as i know this is what the poem is really about.
First he mourns his dead wife,then he hears the rapping and mistakens
it for the ghost of his wife,trying to calm himself saying just a visitor.
After the raven gets in he tells him to stop mourning his wife,but the guy
is stubborn and says no. And,if you reread and clarify the last paragraph
right,he will actually be saying that since that he will not be lifted to
heaven no more. Awesome poem :)

gunground from United States
Comment 144 of 513, added on February 23rd, 2007 at 11:38 AM.

tell me what the raven symbolizes

bigzack 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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