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What does it mean when Poe said "On the PALLID BUST OF PALLAS"?? what is the pallid bust of pallas?

-- Anonymous, March 17, 2004


I dunno the answer but good question wat does that mean? n e of u all knw da answer?

-- Anonymous, March 17, 2004

The "pallid bust of pallas" is an actual person. It is a Greek symbol; the bust was of Athena, goddess of wisdom. You may notice that in several of his pieces of literature, he uses other Greek remembrances.

Basically, the line means, the white statue face of Athena. It is ironic Poe choses this description because the narrator questions the bird for answers (he is searching for answers, for wisdom)- thinking the bird will reveal what he yearns and needs to know.

-- Anonymous, March 17, 2004

bust of pallas-the greek goddess of wisdom, "greek mythology" the raven landing upon the bust of pallas symbolizes a wise messenger, the bird appears as it knows something he does not.

-- Anonymous, October 17, 2004

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