The Raven poem by Edgar Allan Poe starts with a
The Raven poem by Edgar Allan Poe starts with a
young student that is in his chamber during a stormy night and is just trying
to study because his mind is preoccupied with his dead mistress n ad lover
Lenore. He hears a knock at the door only to open and find no one, and so he
assumes that it was the wind that had hit the door (Poe, 80). He opens the window, and a Raven flies into his
room and sits on a statue. The student begins to speak to the Raven questioning
him on several things and the Raven only responds by saying “Nevermore” to
every query that he puts across (Poe, 81). The questions continue to be challenging and
painful for the young man as they related to the death of Lenore. The Raven
that had amused the student at the beginning ends up being viewed by the young
man as satanic and just out to torture him. The poem received extensive
attention internationally as it was published in the Raven and other Poems
(1845) and became one of America’s most famous poems in history. The poem
exploits many themes that are found throughout the poem that include the tragic
death of the lady at a very tender age and also the grief of the young man
whose affection for the deceased woman is evident throughout the poem. The poem
is famous for extending the theme of loss and grief throughout its unfolding (Poe, 100).
The Raven was symbolic and the embodiment of the
grief that was caused by the inherent loneliness and also the separation of the
narrator and the lady that he cares about (Sova, 102). It is about
the fascination that Poe had, and he uses the imagery of the young lovers that
are bound together and also indicates that their strong sense of togetherness
transcended even the death of one of the individuals. For Poe, while writing
the poem, it was also an indication of the pain and also the misery that he
went through as a young man when he lost his mother who had died a while back
when he was slightly young (Sova,
The Raven that was also once perceived as amusing
since it was talking to the narrator because it could even respond to his
questions later became a source of further despair and also grief because it is
this that opened up the wounds in his heart. At the beginning of the poem
before the arrival of the Raven he was just slightly thinking about the issue
but the presence of the Raven led to further exploration of the loss of Lenore,
and it is this that causes further agitation and even pain to the student more
than he had previously felt. The Raven had misled him into a dark path of
mourning all over again, and he feels as though it was a demonic force that had
come to torture him and also torment him with the loss that he felt ingrained
deep in his heart. The once amusing and lovely bird now turns as a demon to the
young man, and he laments for having met the Raven. It could also be the
indication of the amusement and also the joy that comes with having a loved one
and also the love that they shared with Lenore over her lifetime. He holds some
very fond memories that he bases his mind (Sova, 108-110). However, upon her death, it is this that he feels the pain that comes
with loving someone and then end up losing them through any means. Just as he
had lost the Lenore whom they shared so much fun and happy times, he had also
realized that the once amusing and companion Raven had turned to something else
just as his love had turned to pain, grief and a profound sense of loss upon
the death of Lenore (Sova,
The entire poem is about the pain and mourning of
the loss of Lenore of the young man who is the narrator. The theme of loss and
also the loss of his loved one is the one that makers the rolling of the poem a
possibility throughout the poem. The poem asserts, “Vainly I had sought to borrow/
From my books surcease of sorrow–sorrow for the lost Lenore” (Poe lines 9-10).
In fact, he is having some form of false hope that his lover will show up at
his door one day, upon hearing the knock at his door he is convinced that it
might be his long gone lover. He even thinks that he heard her name outside the
door over the stormy night. It is an indication of the desperation that the
loss and grief brought to the narrator with the hope that one day he will get
to see his lost loved one (Poe and Ryan, 27).
The speaker goes further to indicate some form of
obsession with Lenore and also his way of grieving through trying to whisper
her name so that he could hear it echoed back (Sova, 109). He further
insists to the Raven if it would find a way to bring Lenore back to him which
further emphasizes the grief and also the desperation that he felt within his
heart. Through his pain, he thinks that the raven had come to pass a message to
him and also as a way for him to connect to the dead but when the raven
responds by saying “Nevermore” it is this that freaks him out and orders it to
leave his room. However in line 103, the raven remains seated in the chamber of
the speaker as if to indicate the unending sorrow and desperation because now
the narrator no longer wants to see the Raven as he perceives it as a dark
force that is out to torment him. Just as the grief and the sorrow were
unending so was the Raven not going despite the fact that the speaker tried to
kick it out of his chamber (Poe and Ryan, 30).
The speaker had a strong sense of pain and darkness
within his heart that came with the loss. In his way of grieving, he could feel
the darkness overcome him, and the raven further made it worse. According to
him, the shadow formed by the presence of the Raven was an indication of the
shadow of darkness cast in his heart. Poe writes, “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!” (lines 106-107). It is an indication that the speaker is being
tormented and also grieving over the shadow cast by the demise of Lenore, and
the Raven indicated that perched at his chamber.
The weather of the night is also stormy and full of
rage as if to indicate and further the theme of sorrow and grief in the poem (Poe and
Ryan, 31). It is the
winds that were giving him a false sense of the presence of Lenore through the
feeling as if she was knocking on the door. It furthers his grief and also
emphasizes on the stormy, life that the speaker leads due to the loss that
befell him with the demise of Lenore who he cannot get out of his mind (Poe and
In conclusion, the theme of grief and loss is
majorly emphasized within the Raven poem by Poe. He uses several forms of
symbolism, and also imagery through the introduction of the raven, the weather
and also further shows the emotions and also the thought that the speaker which
is the one experiencing the grief through the loss of the love of his life Lenore.
The speaker is destitute, devastated as he grief the loss of Lenore throughout
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