what is the poem "the raven" about?

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I would like to know what is Edgar Allen Poe talking about in his poem titled "The Raven". All in all, what does the poem mean.

-- Anonymous, September 12, 2000


I am also doing a biblography on Poe and stumbled unto a website.

Go To: www.poedecoder.com/essays/raven/

Hope this helps.

-- Anonymous, September 14, 2000

Poe poem "The raven" is about a man who lost his lover. He is thinking of her one midnight in december when he hears a knock on his window. He open it and a raven comes in and first he is fascinated with the bird. As he asks the Raven questions if he will ever hold his lost lover in heaven. The raven answers know and this send the man into a rage then into a deep depresion. THat is what I got out of it Hope this is Help full

-- Anonymous, September 26, 2000

The Raven's about a man who's trying to get over the death of his lost love Lenore. He tries to drown his sorrow the best he can when this ominous looking raven flies in. He immediately connects the bird's appearance with the supernatural. Assuming him to be a hellish messenger of sorts (ravens are associated with death after all )he inquires after Lenore and whether he'd seen her in heaven (was the man nuts ?)and he's enraged when the raven replies in the negative. Now he's really mad and sick with grief he wonders where the raven actually came from and finally concludes that it's nothing but a ghoulish messenger of sorts. He alternately entreats and threatens the bird into leaving .But it just sits there . What all this means is that the raven is symbolic of his grief and despondence. No matter what he does his grief will leave him Nevermore.lol. I hope that helps. Let me know if it does.

-- Anonymous, December 02, 2000

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