The Raven...what does Nevermore refer too? : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

Pleae provide the full meaning of the quote "Nevermore" that is mentioned a number of times in Poe's The Raven. Thanks

-- Anonymous, July 02, 2003


The meaning is the same in all the uses. It is only the question and the reaction that escalate around the unchanging reiteration. from the inital shock when the omen speaks a ftting reply that dashes his reverie of lenore todespair, he becomes defensive and playful, then trapped deeper and deeper as he himself plays out the conversation with the omen. "Nevermore" then at last becomes his tragic state buried in the shadow of hopeless rmembrance under its oppressive verdict.

-- Anonymous, July 03, 2003

speak english please...

-- Anonymous, October 15, 2003

nevermore mean that his wife lenore will sit there nevermore and that the raven will torment him the rest of his life, he cant escape death

-- Anonymous, November 16, 2003

'Twas English, and worded quite nicely I thought.

-- Anonymous, November 28, 2004

you see the narrator had killed his wife lenore, when the raven comes he asks if he will ever see his wife again in paradise the raven responses with nevermore meaning he go to hell.

-- Anonymous, November 28, 2004

Every time "Nevermore" is mentioned, it means that the raven won't tell the narrator the answer to his question, whether it's if he'll see Lenore again, or if there's balm in Gilead.

-- Anonymous, February 03, 2005

Nevermore refers to many things in the poen "The Raven". In fact, its used to represent something different everytime it's used. The first few verses in which its used when the narrator asks the bird its name, and then while he puzzles over why the heck the bird says its name is Nevermore. Then he says to himself that the bird will abandon him as all others in his life has and it says "nevermore" this time saying it will never leave him be. Then he speaks to the bird and himself several more times and to put what the bird says to him through this one simple word into lamens terms:

"You'll never forget her, you'll never find comfort from your pain, you'll never see her again, and I'll always be here to remind you of your pain and misery."

Hope that helps. :-)

-- Anonymous, March 07, 2005

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