What is edgar allen poe's interpretation of "The Raven"?

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I ned to know what was Poe's interpratation of "The Raven"??? I need to know by tonight

-- Anonymous, February 28, 2002


www.eapoe.org Poe's essay "The Philosophy of Composition" is the main treatment on the poem. Good on meaning, probably deceitful or tweaking on ther process of writing. "a mournful and never-ending remembrance" is how he describes his emblematic raven. www.poecentral.com has articles on "The Raven".

-- Anonymous, March 01, 2002

this project is sucky

-- Anonymous, November 07, 2002

is this for an english paper or something? cuz i am in the same boat

-- Anonymous, March 06, 2003

i think that it's about his lost love for the woman he never had...for more details email...

-- Anonymous, April 06, 2003

god, how many ppl are doing essays on him...why are teachers around the globe asking us to do this again and again...

-- Anonymous, April 09, 2003

Poe wrote this as an example on how to construct literature using a "rigorous method." As such, Poe started with a conclusion...or answer...and wrote the poem as the "formula" that equated the conclusion. However, if the material in "The Raven" depicated any events or mental anguish in Poe's own life, that is up to the psychologist to figure out, but my own opinions leads towards it.

-- Anonymous, April 22, 2003

Oh dear oh dear. You are doing essays and I have to do an animation about this poem. I need the interpretation of this piece in order to work out what will happen in my clip later. I can't do a one-to-one adaption. Sucks even more.

-- Anonymous, May 11, 2003

I Think that edgar allen poe was depressed over the many people he lost in his life and was trying to get over it. i am trying to write a resreach paper on him and how his depressing childhood reflects back to his poems espeacly this one if anyone can help me please e-mail this is due tomorrow. Thankx.

-- Anonymous, October 19, 2003

I have an opinion on Poe that you may find intersting

-- Anonymous, November 07, 2003

Having been a poet and having studied the relationships in disfunctional realationships of the alcoholic, I have come to conclusions about Poe's Raven that may provide new insite into the mind and relationships that he had. My interpretation of the Raven is of that of a sot who has driven his love away by his meaningless and hopeless lifestyle. She Returns, now, in her passive-agressive nature (that of a co-dependent) to dominate and keep the man she has fallen in love with. Poe has managed to turn this (somehow, as only a poet can) to the relief of his psyche, by creating a chain of words that invokes the sympathy of the reader(and furthers his claim to fame)

-- Anonymous, November 07, 2003

Is not Raven for the female of the species ?

-- Anonymous, November 07, 2003

i came here hoping to get a SIMPLE answer for my english assignment, but all yous guys managed to do was confuse the f*k outta me instead

-- Anonymous, November 09, 2003

well actual Poe wrote the poem about his Wife Elanore, she was dying of some disaes(?) and did u know he actualy speed up her death so as to finish his poem The Raven _ quit sick when u think about it.! i got an assingment on him due tommorow~

-- Anonymous, November 17, 2003

i think this is the shit the Poe produced when he was totally cracked the fuck out

-- Anonymous, January 19, 2004

I want to know why so many teachers are obsessed with the Raven. I don't even understand half of it.

-- Anonymous, January 21, 2004

The Phil Of Comp is about how Poe wrote The Raven step by step. If his steps are true then he is more of a calculating and reasoning poet than one who simply wiites from inspiration.

I know all of this stuff is crazy, but just remember that you are not the only person in the world trying to figure this out, there are so many people needing to know the same answers to the same questions as you all. So, just hang in there, we will all get through this and in a year from now we won't even remember how hard we worked on all of this stuff. Another tip, praying always seems to make my problems not seem like such a big deal. Good Luck to all of you on trying to figure out Poe!

-- Anonymous, January 23, 2004

its about freud's theory of conciousness concious- Poe sees the Raven. he is there and witnesses it Unconcious- He is being ravaged by this. As he goes through he mutates raven's image and gets mad. The unconcious is throwing bad memories at concious.

-- Anonymous, January 29, 2004

Apparently EAP was smoking opium when he wrote this and that his wife Virginia was ill with T.B at the time and did later die. They actually did a Halloween episode of The Raven on the Simpsons which was interesting. I think the Raven is about guilt. I think he felt like there was nothing that he could do about his sick wife and the Raven was like the grim reaper. But sort of in a way to remind that he was sort of stuck with the guilt he felt

-- Anonymous, February 22, 2004

good for you

and therefore, he died

-- Anonymous, February 24, 2004

i think that poe was upset about loosing his wife/cousin to TB that prolly made him even more insane than he already does the raven represents something but i forget what i guess death and the raven would keep on repeating never more after everything that he said so he could never more see his wife that he loved so dearly anymore...but i dunno i prolly sound stupid...

-- Anonymous, February 28, 2004

I think that the raven symbolized his depression and worries about his dying wife.He refers to the bird as a hellish prophet. The visitor knocking may symbolize his worries that his wife may die, he will lose her forever, and he will commit suicide. When he refers to nepethene and balm of gillead he is talking about how alchohol saves him.

-- Anonymous, April 13, 2004

i thought it was like a gost? meh im doing a 8min monologue based around the raven, hopefully it dosent suck...

-- Anonymous, August 03, 2004

I think the raven is about profound depression. churchill had his black dog, tolstoy in ivan iylish had the black sac, and i dont have a name for hamlet's first soliliquay s/p... " how stale flat and weary are the uses of this world. (much better than "to be or not to be"

regardless, my theory is that all artists have a certain amount of bipolar illness. remember Nick Nolte's picture in the newspaper in is flowered shirt. an example of pictoral depression, a classic.

think of the movie , about jackson Pollard. grea example of a bipolar guy.

there's this story about some psychiatrists giving lithium to the artist in NYC, after a couple of weeks they threw all their meds away... because they could no longer create..

Like all artist, Poe likely was also bipolar. anyway, hope this helps. ron hansing

-- Anonymous, August 03, 2004

maybe the raven was all of Poe's worries and guilt summed up in to one bleak form of life that cant be removed (stays on the bust of pallas above his chamber door) OR maybe Poe was on mushies..

-- Anonymous, September 28, 2004

I believe the Raven "staying on the bust of Pallus" was just Poe, who needed his own words and thoughts on the terrible loss in his life told to him, even though he already knew them mimicked as birds do, by something he made up within in his head, all the while knowing that what the Raved said, was actually already imbedded in his weak and weary mind, giving into the acceptance of his own hell through a bird, that he created, to tell him just that, or maybe too, he was on mushies. Eitherway, it is a great writing full of rapid thoughts that needed to be said, brevity in action! lyn ratzburg, san jose, ca

-- Anonymous, November 04, 2004

it sounds much more intense spoken than read...raven and depression both black...what little hope he had for himself extinguished by a word from a bird... sorry but the raven gets a bum rap---it is a magnificent creature,intelligent and dignified--perhaps he should have chosen the self serving seagull.

-- Anonymous, December 24, 2004

Why do you guys all think that the poem gives us autobiographical information? Did you ever think that maybe he just wrote the poem to make us think he meant anything by it?? Nevertheless I thinkthat the poem illustrates his (?) mourning, or the mourning of the lyrical I at least, over a lost love, a never returned love, a secret love... I have an oral exam on that tpoic in two weeks and I don't know what to tell the examiners yet...

-- Anonymous, January 22, 2005

why all of you think that Poe's The Raven is about Poe's mourning for his wife's death. Just for an additional information for all u guys, Poe wrote this poem one or two years before his beloved wife (virginia clemm) died.thanx & good luck

-- Anonymous, February 17, 2005

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