What is the meaning of the Raven?

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What do you think about the Raven? What is the true meaning? I need this for a project! What do you think he is trying to say?

-- Anonymous, April 24, 2003


its about lenore and how her spirit is haunting him at night so much to as he cannot sleep... i love poe!!!

-- Anonymous, April 25, 2003

See Poe's "The Philosophy of Composition" for his won answers, keeping in mind that his account of the creation of the poem are tongue in cheek and a little suspect(www.eapoe.org, links to Poe Studies). A mournful and neverending remembrance is the theme as the mind of the narrator turns upon itself in ironic monologue argument with a "sign". He must remember his love even though he is denied hope and comfort.

-- Anonymous, April 25, 2003

At the beginning the narrator is trying to mine his misery for inspired sconsolation, renewed biond with his love. The uneasy bridge is the omen of the raven. He gradually talks himself into defeat and horror with the raw burden of loss and remembrance.

-- Anonymous, April 25, 2003

It is not the spirit of Lenore that haunts him. Rather the Raven, a symbol of death, forces him to accept that Lenore is gone and feel comfortable in the difficult memory of one who died so young. It also perhaps calls into question wider held religious beliefs as to whether he will ever see his lost Lenore again.

-- Anonymous, August 23, 2003

I think that Poe doesn't want to accept the face that Lenore is dead. And when he hears the noises he sort of wishes that it is her that he is hearing. Then he sees the Raven that reminds him that Lenore is dead. The Raven is a symbol of death

-- Anonymous, November 30, 2003

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