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Analysis and comments on Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 13 of 113, added on May 21st, 2007 at 11:27 PM.

...See The Raven Posted Comments.

...Leore is some Love before his cousin Virgina, a lost love...be dead or
alive. Poetic license allows use of death even when it is only poetic. He
wrote Lenore the year he moved into Maria and Virgina Clemm's home, 1831.
The lines 'The sweet Lenore hath "gone before" with Hope, that flew beside,
Leaving thee WILD for THE DEAR CHILD (Virgina) that should have been thy
bride." Poe removes himself from first person, and writes as if the
Heaven's have bestowed "the dear child' as his future bride....which did

Lenore, finally is forgotten...as Virgina (1843-1844) lay suffering the

The dark side of Poe's soul, The Shadow of the Raven, and Lenore....are
both to be 'Nevermore', as he writes in 'The Raven'.......he clears all up
with Virgina shortly before his death. i.e. Annabel Lee.

I added a little conundrum here, in the cross reference posted your poetry
site, with 'The Raven'........easier than the Times crossword puzzle,
though. Read Annabel lee, Lenore, and The Raven......for the answer.

Stevan Fallon Dunn from United States
Comment 12 of 113, added on December 3rd, 2005 at 5:10 PM.

I'm not an Literature major, but I think you all miss one thing. Lenore
was written in 1831. Poe married his 13 year old cousin in 1836 and lost
her in 1847. People blame his depression on her death, but my question
becomes: Who was lenore??

from United States
Comment 11 of 113, added on October 26th, 2005 at 1:19 PM.

Yes while most people can look past wealth and whatnot to see someones
inner worth not everyone can and especially in the times that Poe wrote
alot of who you were was based on your wealth and looks. Also Poe probably
meant that while people thought that they knew her they never tried to know
the deeper inner person, the parts of Lenore that she didn't show to just
everybody but only to those she trusted to be herself around. While Lenore
was wealthy Poe saw that she was more than money as many people did not and
only saw her cash but she was truly just a good person and in this poem Poe
tries to express that there will never be another like her.
Just my thoughts.

Comment 10 of 113, added on October 4th, 2005 at 9:35 PM.

I don't think Lenore was as good-hearted as Poe describes her. Most people
can look beyond wealth and beauty to see what someone is truly made of. I
think Poe is using this as a sheild against the common people to prove his
point that no one truly knew her.

Just a thought.

sleeper from United States
Comment 9 of 113, added on July 27th, 2005 at 6:13 PM.

This is a wonderful poem, which reflects a lot of things that, as most of
you have said, have important similarities to Poe's life. I myself read
this poem after watching the Flash animations based on Roman Dirge's
comics, which, as "none of your business" said, it a must read/watch.

I truly love this poem, sad as it may be. Especially the last few lines,
where he refuses to sing a dirge or toll a bell, lest her soul wander off
for good. Is awesome. Poe is awesome.

AlethiaMS from Mexico
Comment 8 of 113, added on July 19th, 2005 at 3:11 PM.

i love edgar allen poes work especialy this poem it is quite beatiful

crystal from Canada
Comment 7 of 113, added on May 6th, 2005 at 8:01 PM.

i totally agree with you, country art - all of poe's poems are
autobiographical and he would have nothing if he hadn't experienced what he

jenn from United States
Comment 6 of 113, added on April 19th, 2005 at 7:02 PM.

Lenore is a wonderful poem. It is sad and reflects Poe's true personality,
the love and loss as well as depression from those things he holds to be
his inspiration. Would Poe be as good of a writer if he had not suferred?
Most writers are good because of their emotional detachment and ability to
capture the truley gruesome and somehow put it into words. THey write what
they feel and what they felt in the inital suffering. To say that poe was
nothing but a Drug addict would be cutting down a poetic master mind. He is
the father of horror stories and teen angst. Drugs only helped to intensify
his feelings of pain and intensify his writing as well as allowed him to
show the world his pain and let them feel it too. So don't criticize those
who have the courage and talent to write works of art that can make others
feel their emotions from a cold pieve of paper.

Country Art from United States
Comment 5 of 113, added on March 5th, 2005 at 2:41 PM.

It's strange that none of you haven't even mentioned any concrete examples
from Poe's life. Of course his poems have resemblences with the life he
lived, every work of art has some kind of connection to the artist.
Inspiration comes from within, and the only way to personlize artwork is to
find a style that appeals to you. The most famous artists all have their
way of seeing things, their own belives and thoughts, and these things are
visible in their creations. The same goes for Poe.

As you probably know, Poe was a very depressed person, mentally unstable
and abused both drugs and alcohol. He married his 13-year old cousin
(Virginia) in 1836, she busted a blood vessel in 1842, became invalidized,
and died of tuberculosis in 1847.
These incidents (among other things) colored his artwork greatly. In many
of his poems you can draw paralells between the tragic fate of his beloved
cousin/wife, and the fate of the girl he wrote about in his poems,
Lenore(btw, he chose this name because it rhymes with "nevermore"). And for
those who didn't know, Lenore has also become a comicbook character,
produced by Roman Dirge, I recommend it strongly to anyone who likes poe's
dark, yet tragic compossisons.

One more thing. We do not, I repeat, do not have polarbears in sweden, nor
do we have penguins, they live on opposite ends of the earth, ffs! Is that

None of your business from Sweden
Comment 4 of 113, added on January 26th, 2005 at 8:35 PM.

Jaquise, you clearly know shit about art! What is your business on this
site of the web anyway? Shouldn't you be downloading porn or something?
Lenor is a magnificent poem! This woman that died reminds me of a very good
friend of mine who also died too young! She even fits te dscription.

Brecht from Belgium

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Poet: Edgar Allan Poe
Poem: Lenore
Year: 1831
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Mar 4 2004

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