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How did Lenore die in the "Raven"? Does he say it anywhere?

-- Anonymous, March 18, 2003


no, he doesn't even say if she died, most people however assume she did,but i think that the raven was about a man who killed his wife, and the bird represents the man's guilty consiounce, i think this because it is what happend in poe's life, poe like the narrator killed their wives,eddie killed virginia clemm, his wife, her mom was gonna send her to live with her cousin neilson poe a wealthy judge, because their wasn't enough food and blankets for them,and muddy knew that her daughter would be warm and wellif she were to live with her cousin, but eddie object because he was in love with her, and proposed to her to make her stay, and they got married and soon after she became ill with consumption (t/b),she would never have gotton sick if she was living with her cousin, and edie felt guilty because it was his love that killed her, and wrote the raven to show his guilt, well,that's just my oppinun, hope it helps!

-- Anonymous, March 18, 2003

lenore just represents lost love, at the time when he wrote this he had never experianced anything like this for his wife and only love since he was 14 was still in good health. (for gods sakes read a biography on the man!!!)

-- Anonymous, March 19, 2003

He didn't just have one love...his wife and cousin. When he attended UVA he fell in love with a girl and she loved him too i suppose but then he got kicked out of school and they agreed to write to each other but the girls father intercepted the letters so they each thought the other forgot them and that was the end of that...her name was something like elmira i forget. so anyway then he went to live with his aunt and met his cousin and they fell in love and blah blah blah she died of consumption dont know whether that was before or after the raven but he wrote the masque of the red death while seh was really sick ...yup

-- Anonymous, March 20, 2003

the "rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name lenore" represents the loss of any love, of any fleeting beauty. the poem doesn't name the force that took her, but it is immaterial. the narrator is racked with the torment of emptiness and isolation that accompanies bereavement, enhanced in his case by his already slightly unstable mental state. the raven represents the memories of her, the overwhelming sense of grief and the inescapable pain that must come with loss. "and my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, shall be lifted- nevermore!" refers to the dark stain that will always mar any future joys, for his love will never stop burning and its fire will always consume him. for those of us who prefer the more practical and obvious route: there is another poem referring to lenore which describes her at her funeral; "a dirge for her the doubly dead in that she died so young"; "the life upon her yellow hair, but not within her eyes."

to the rest of us who have answered, i say this: "Blinding ignorance does mislead us. O, wretched mortals, open your eyes!" (leonardo da vinci) ~anonymous poe fanatic

-- Anonymous, October 11, 2004

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