The Raven Poem Analysis

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When sadness overcomes people, they often devote themselves to literature to focus on another world. Helping them to get over their own sorrow, they read poems such as “The Raven”. Those poems are very popular and loved for such a long time. The reason for that is that people read it and the poem makes them feel something, it makes them think or it helps them in a hard time. One example for that is “The Raven”. The poem is written by Edgar Allan Poe and focuses on grief, sorrow and death. The main character suffers from sadness and depression due to the loss of his beloved Lenore. At one night, while he distracts himself of his sorrow, he believes he hears someone tapping at his chamber door and is left confused when he does not see anyone …show more content…
It is nothing temporary. Repeating “Nevermore” through the whole poem, the raven underlines the never ending time and infinity. Moreover, “And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting / On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door” (103 - 104) proves that the bird never leaves the main character and is standing by his side. Even when the poem ends and the narrator dies, the sinful bird’s shadow becomes one with the protagonist’s soul instead of leaving him. Death is never ending either and is not temporary or stops at one point. In consequence, the black raven, who came from and is connected with hell, takes the main character with him into hell again after he died. This proves that the raven symbolizes the infinity and never ending time of death. Also the narrator mentions Pallas, who was the Titan god of battle and warcraft. By connecting the raven with him, he compares the bird with a battle or war that he has to fight such as the battle with death. Repeating the word “still” the narrator stresses that this battle about life or death is still going on and does not end until the main character loses it at the end of the poem, becomes one with the raven’s shadow and therefore dies. Also, his location proves the bird’s huge power over everything. The raven is sitting above him. The narrator explains how the bird sits on his chamber door and even in the beginning of the poem, the …show more content…
Comparing to that, the raven represents the opposite. In Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” it stands for the dark, dreariness of death. Hell is the raven’s home and his presence is associated with the Titan god of battle and warcraft. Also, as soon as he arrives at the narrator’s house, everything good ends or dies. The main character lost all his hope to ever find his answers to the questions about his beloved Lenore and her well being and he lost his soul and life to the black bird’s shadow. The raven brought fear, anger, grief, sorrow and hopelessness in the protagonist’s life to the main character lost the battle to him and dies. In consequence, the raven represents death. Death is a dark topic that can make people really uncomfortable, but Poe still uses it in “the Raven”. Instead of being uncomfortable, his great poem is still read and loved by many. It does not die, but fascinates his reader and gives them a chance to escape their own world for a while and feel with the main character. It even helps some to get over their own sorrow or grief and offers help in hard times. So even though writer Edgar Allen Poe wrote about something that is challenging or even provocative to some people, his poem “The Raven” is famous, loved and

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