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Analysis and comments on Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe

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Comment 15 of 95, added on February 18th, 2009 at 8:11 PM.

The works of Edgar Allan Poe are very deep and I don't believe that he
chose the name Lenore just because it rhymed with nevermore. We don't know
everything about the man or his life. Could it be that Lenore was someone
he was in love with from a distance?
We will never know what secrets he took to the grave with him. As he was so
intrigued with death did he leave us with this to ponder upon his own

Barbara Russo from United States
Comment 14 of 95, added on October 23rd, 2008 at 8:29 PM.

In responce to your breif note of the choice of Lenore, Poe did not choose
Lenore because it 'rhymed' with Nevermore. It was choosen yes, for its
sound, but for its vowel sounds, which is based on the Unity of Effect (in
Edgar's essay about the composition of a short story). It was not chosen
just because it sounded Lenore!

What do you take Poe for? A simple person who chose words simply because
they 'rhymed' with Nevermore. If, by chance what you were reffering to was
exactly what I have just underlined, then I would suggest the use of more
explanation, rather than a rushed note in the middle of the sentance.

Have a great day

Daniel Turner from Australia
Comment 13 of 95, 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 95, 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 95, 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 95, 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 95, 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 95, 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 95, 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 95, 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

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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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