What does the poem The Raven means?

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I was wandering if you can summarize the poem "The Raven" for me. Because I am doing a research paper for my writing class, in College. Thank you.

-- Anonymous, November 23, 1999


The raven is a tale of a heartsick man who misses his lost love Lenore. He cannot get over the loss of her love. Suddenly, a raven, hearing the man's cries, comes through the window and perches up above the the door. The raven says never more to the man's depressed words in hopes that he will get over his love. The man grows angry and comes after the raven. this is a basic rap of the story. i hope i helped!E-mail me if you have any further questions. i am a fanatic of his work

-- Anonymous, November 30, 1999

While doing a research project myself, I came across this site, hope it helps. http://www.poedecoder.com/essays/raven/

-- Anonymous, December 04, 1999

Ithink the raven is the answer to the already insane main character. The main character grovels and grovels for this "lenore" until his mind snaps and brings out from his mind a personification of his maddness. this is to be the raven. the raven says over and over, "nevermore." this word could be represented as' "nevermore will you be haunted by lenore." Or "this maddness of lenore be with you nevermore." i hope that helps you out. michael

-- Anonymous, December 08, 1999

The Raven - is black - depicting that death is right around the corner for this man - when people come towards the end of their life they become depressed - and the only thing that gives them hope / makes them happy is the hope of uniting with their loved ones in heaven - (or what ever they believe in). The Raven is a belief or depressing though of - maybe there is no heaven, maybe there is no hope for me.

-- Anonymous, December 13, 1999

I think that "The Raven" is simply a tale of a heartbroken man yearning for peace (from the sorrow he feels over his "Lost Lenore") You can read into it as much as you want (it could be manifestations of the characters emotions, or it could be a dream, or it could be "real"...at least in the literary sense) but the basic theme of the poem is that the man is attempting to get over the death of his love (Lenore) and the Raven (from the "Plutonian Shores") is a messenger from the "other side". So, the main character pleads the raven to answer his questions, and relieve him from his misery. Unfortunately, the raven's answers aren't what the man wanted to hear, and his sould was to be lifted "Nevermore".

-- Anonymous, March 21, 2000

you're all a bunch of fucking idiots.

-- Anonymous, March 29, 2000

There is a simple meaning to the Raven. A man who is feeling extreme sadness due to the death of his wife, is asking a messanger from the other side wether he will ever see his wife again. When the Raven replies nevermore he goes nuts.

-- Anonymous, May 02, 2000

Bin a while since anyones been here. That's odd. It's a cool poem and the answers to this question are simple and there are many below. Well that's all bye.

-- Anonymous, October 31, 2001

The meaning is but right in front of you. Quoth the raven "Nevermore."

-- Anonymous, November 19, 2001

i belive the raven has meanings beyond what a mind from a world of this time and intellagence could interpert or fully understand i belive poe wos a man very powerfull with intellagence

-- Anonymous, April 14, 2002

The poem "The Raven", is about a sad and depress man that just lost his wife.(If you have read any of Edgar Allen Poe work, you will know that every women that enter into life dies. The raven is a black bird from the other world which means "death." Poe was asking the raven will he ever see his love "Lenor." Everytime Poe will ask him his reply will be "nevermore." I strongly feel this what put him in a deeper stage of depression.

-- Anonymous, August 15, 2002

i have more of a question than an answer, i was wondering in the poem "THE RAVEN" what could the "quaint and curious volumes of forgotten lore" be?

-- Anonymous, October 13, 2002

Writing was obviously his life. Every tale of joy, passion or tradgedy he expressed himself to the fullest extent to the world. I feel this poem was a way of venting over the loss of Lenore. He could have also used this poem to heal himself by doing what he does best, self expression. My guess is if he was a painter, he would have painted a sad portrait. If he was a singer, he would have written a sad song. Either way he expressed himself the best way he knew how and I think he used writing as a tool for self help. "Every end is a new beginning". I feel it is good to be melancholy to understand joy. I also think he believed this as well. His poems inspire me still.

-- Anonymous, November 02, 2002

I was like some of the other people. I felt like the Raven was a symbol of death, because he is expressing the way he feels about his lost love who was named lenore.

-- Anonymous, November 07, 2002

It is about a man who miss his lost lenore. So when the rave comes in

-- Anonymous, February 23, 2003

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