The Loss Of Loss In Poe's The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

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Happiness Nevermore
The crushing weight of painful memories imprisons the soul with endless sorrow and despair. In the narrative poem, “The Raven,” written by Edgar Allan Poe, the raven is symbolic. During the night, while the narrator is reading in an attempt to forget his sorrow for the loss of his love, Lenore, a strange, black raven flies through his window and perches above his bedroom door. The narrator proceeds to ask the raven several questions and the raven surprisingly answers each question with the word “nevermore.” The raven causes the narrator despair by reminding him that he will nevermore be with Lenore. Despite the narrator commanding the raven to leave him, the raven remains sitting above his bedroom door and eventually, its
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In the last lines of the poem, the narrator states, “And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor - Shall be lifted — nevermore!” (107-108). The raven casts a shadow that engulfs the narrator and imprisoned his soul. The narrator is swallowed by the raven’s dark shadow that oppresses him and causes him to never be cheerful again. He feels as though his soul will nevermore escape the raven’s shadow. This line of the poem explains that the memory of Lenore’s death overwhelms the narrator. The narrator is surrounded by darkness in his grieving memories and the memories will never leave him. The shadow of the raven oppresses his body and soul as well as the memories of Lenore. The overpowering weight of sorrowful memories causes him everlasting anguish from which he can never escape. When grief and mournful memories of a loved one controls someone’s entire life, that person is engulfed into a state of gloom and misery. Painful memories can drown a person’s soul and create a feeling of helplessness. In the end, there is no way for the narrator to break free from his chains of sorrow and

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