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What is the theme of Edgar Alan Poes' the Raven?

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-- Anonymous, November 02, 2003


The theme of the raven is a poem about Poe greiving about His wife's death

-- Anonymous, November 02, 2003

It is important to only look at Poe's life while comparing it to his works for a biographical criticism (or for the sheer fun of trying to understand WHY he wrote what he did).

The theme is the narrator grieving his dead wife. The setting is the narrator reading to keep from sleeping (because he dreams of Lenore). Grief and avoidance of accepting her death turns to paranoia when a rapping comes to the door. The bird, he believes may be a sign, a prophet - or a way of connecting to his dead wife. He asks to know if she is okay, if she is at peace, etc. The only thing the bird says, without moving, is "Nevermore." This condemns the narrators fate to never knowing Lenore's afterlife fate, never to see her in his afterlife, and ultimately his own life - for he goes mad.

-- Anonymous, November 03, 2003

Kasandra is in love with... um... I don't know you tell me! Katie I want to tell you that I cannot go to the party this weekend.

-- Anonymous, November 05, 2003

ash is a dork

-- Anonymous, November 05, 2003

i am not ;) lol maybe

-- Anonymous, November 06, 2003

It's been said that E.A Poe suffered from psychosis and schizophrenia and that when a raven landed in his window one day, he believed that the raven was actually talking to him, thus came Poe's famous story of "The Raven."

-- Anonymous, November 07, 2003

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