Nepenthe

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  • The Raven

    keeping him company, shall also leave him, along with all his hopes of a better future. This isolation and hopeless are the very attributes that drive him to madness. However, it can also be debated that the narrator was at least somewhat mad from the beginning, as he seems to speak to the bird rather nonchalantly, as if it were a normal occurrence. Additionally, when he begins to think silently as the raven looks on, he begins to believe that the air is being filled with some sort of perfume, sent by the heavens above to help ease the struggle in forgetting Lenore. He even goes so far as to draw comparisons when he says to himself, “‘Respite—respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore / Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore’” (82-83). He thinks it is so real that he even bothers to compare it to nepenthe, a potion used to induce forgetfulness in mythology, something that would shelter him from Lenore's persistent memory. There is no doubt that he is hallucinating in this scenario, as he even insists that he can hear the footfalls of the seraphim upon the carpet spreading it when clearly that is not the case. When the raven answers with its typical response, meaningless in context, the narrator begins to scream and shout at the bird, insisting that it was sent from below. His insanity grows even more prevalent as he questions the fowl further, asking if there is any balm in Gilead, if there was any spiritual cure or hope. When the bird replies…

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  • Nepenthes Gracilis Experiment

    Introduction Nepenthes gracilis, also goes by the name Slender Pitcher-Plant, is a widespread pitcher plant mostly found in Southeastern Asia. This plant distinguishes itself by the presence of a long tube-like, stretched pitcher which contains acidic fluid and enzyme to digest preys. N. gracilis also make use of its special trait, the lid on top of the pitcher to act as a trapping mechanism for preys looking for shield under its lid, and the nectar glands on the lids help in attracting preys…

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  • Red Blotches Lab Report

    Does the frequency of the bright red blotches of the Nepenthes Gracilis affect it’s ability to lure prey? Introduction: The Nepenthes gracilis belongs to the Nepenthaceae family, a group of monotypic carnivorous plants who use their specialized pitcher-shaped leaves to capture their prey through passive pitfall traps (Bauer, Di Giusto, Skepper, Grafe, Federle, 2012). The adaptation of carnivory in plants is as a result of nutrient-poor habitats in which the fitness of the plants depends on the…

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  • The Theme Of Death In The Raven

    Hell, as indicated by the Roman Catholic Church, is where souls burn endlessly once they're dead. Hence, 'the night's Plutonian shore' is a reference that Poe has used to pass on the interminable distress left after a cherished one's death. Obviously, it can be recognized that this suggestion isn't an immediate or evident association with that, in any case, truth be told, it is this indirect association Poe has understood that makes the allusion so intriguing in itself. Another allusion Poe has…

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  • Symbols In The Raven

    The two ravens would fly across the entire world every day before reporting back to Odin. They were, in a sense, Odin’s eyes and ears. Huginn symbolized thought, which could reinforce the ideal of the narrator being a scholar. Muninn, on the other hand, is symbolic of memory. Muninn, therefore, reveals that the raven is much more than just the conveyor of bad news but is also the narrator’s forlorn recollection of his lost Lenore. Before he realizes that the bird is nothing more than a prophet…

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  • The Raven Poem Mood

    the chair again. Now, “Nevermore.” means “never again”. Now, that is really making him mad, being that the narrator wants to but, can’t forget Lenore. At the end of the poem the narrator is demanding that the Raven leave his loneliness unbroken. That is why he says, “Leave my loneliness unbroken!” (Line 100) Once again, the Raven replies “Nevermore.” and that really angers the narrator. The fact that Lenore will never going to be with him again, makes him mad. In the beginning of the…

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  • Allusion In The Raven

    He incorporates many allusions into his poem. One allusion that stands out to me is when the narrator says, “Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!” (page 5). This is an allusion to a mythological drug that someone might take to forget their grief. Quaff means to drink and the narrator is literally saying drink this kind of drug to forget your troubles. The narrator sort of envisions nepenthe when he’s in this hallucinated state. He thinks that God himself has sent the…

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  • Romanticism In Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven

    eyes that burned into his heart associating the bird with evil and the emptiness he feels that he explains in the remaining of the poem. In stanzas thirteen through eighteen he expresses his mourning for the loss of his love Lenore and how he wishes the feelings would depart from his body. In stanza fourteen the thought of Lenore re-enters the narrators mind and is emotions become active as Poe writes “ ‘Wretch’ ” I cried out, “thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee.…

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  • The Danger Of Disregard In Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven

    This is supported in the text when the narrator cries out for relief. Poe writes, ‘“Wretch,” I cried, “thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee, Respite—respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore; Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”’ (3). There’s a lot to analyze here. Poe uses many complicated, old fashioned words. Defining them makes what Poe is writing much clearer. Respite is to relieve temporarily, especially from anything distressing or…

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  • The Metaphor In Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven

    both terrified and angry, so he asks the bird it’s name and the bird responds with “Nevermore” (Poe 48). This is the most important anaphora that Poe uses at the end of various stanzas. The narrator tries to reason the logic of the situation by saying that the raven surely learned the word from their owner. The narrator then believes he is surrounded by angels and asks if they have brought nepenthe, which is the medicine for sorrow in Greek mythology. The narrator asks the raven if he will see…

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