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Poe claimed to have written the poem logically and methodically, intending to create a poem that would appeal to both critical and popular tastes, as he explained in his follow-up essay, " The Philosophy of Composition ". Its publication made Poe popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financial success.
The poem was soon reprinted, parodied , and illustrated. Critical opinion is divided as to the poem's literary status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written. Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December; And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
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Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore? Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning, Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before. Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, "Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore— Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!
Nothing farther then he uttered—not a feather then he fluttered— Till I scarcely more than muttered "Other friends have flown before— On the morrow he will leave me, as my Hopes have flown before. Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer Swung by seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor. By that Heaven that bends above us—by that God we both adore— Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn, It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore— Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken! Leave my loneliness unbroken! Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door! A "tapping at [his] chamber door"  reveals nothing, but excites his soul to "burning". When he goes to investigate, a raven flutters into his chamber. Paying no attention to the man, the raven perches on a bust of Pallas above the door. Amused by the raven's comically serious disposition, the man asks that the bird tell him its name.
The raven's only answer is "Nevermore". The narrator remarks to himself that his "friend" the raven will soon fly out of his life, just as "other friends have flown before"  along with his previous hopes. As if answering, the raven responds again with "Nevermore". Even so, the narrator pulls his chair directly in front of the raven, determined to learn more about it. He thinks for a moment in silence, and his mind wanders back to his lost Lenore.
He thinks the air grows denser and feels the presence of angels, and wonders if God is sending him a sign that he is to forget Lenore. The bird again replies in the negative, suggesting that he can never be free of his memories. The narrator becomes angry, calling the raven a "thing of evil" and a " prophet ".
When the raven responds with its typical "Nevermore", he is enraged, and, calling it a liar, commands the bird to return to the " Plutonian shore"  —but it does not move. Presumably at the time of the poem's recitation by the narrator, the raven "still is sitting"  on the bust of Pallas. The narrator's final admission is that his soul is trapped beneath the raven's shadow and shall be lifted "Nevermore".
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Poe wrote the poem as a narrative, without intentional allegory or didacticism. He seems to get some pleasure from focusing on loss. His questions, then, are purposely self-deprecating and further incite his feelings of loss. Maligec suggests the poem is a type of elegiac paraclausithyron , an ancient Greek and Roman poetic form consisting of the lament of an excluded, locked-out lover at the sealed door of his beloved.
Poe says that the narrator is a young scholar. It is also suggested by the narrator reading books of "lore" as well as by the bust of Pallas Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom.
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He is reading in the late night hours from "many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore". This is also emphasized in the author's choice to set the poem in December, a month which is traditionally associated with the forces of darkness. The use of the raven—the "devil bird"—also suggests this. A direct allusion to Satan also appears: "Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore Poe chose a raven as the central symbol in the story because he wanted a "non-reasoning" creature capable of speech.
He decided on a raven, which he considered "equally capable of speech" as a parrot, because it matched the intended tone of the poem. Poe had written a review of Barnaby Rudge for Graham's Magazine saying, among other things, that the raven should have served a more symbolic, prophetic purpose. Poe may also have been drawing upon various references to ravens in mythology and folklore.
In Norse mythology , Odin possessed two ravens named Huginn and Muninn , representing thought and memory. It is punished by being turned black and being forced to feed on carrion forever. The raven's role as a messenger in Poe's poem may draw from those stories. Nepenthe , a drug mentioned in Homer 's Odyssey , erases memories; the narrator wonders aloud whether he could receive "respite" this way: "Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!
Poe also mentions the Balm of Gilead , a reference to the Book of Jeremiah in the Bible: "Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?
In 1 Kings - 5 Elijah is said be from Gilead , and to have been fed by ravens during a period of drought. It contains a great foreword by Andrew Barger and includes his annotations, word definitions, foreign language translations, and background information about Poe's stories and poems that provide insight into their underlying meaning.
Photographs of Poe's many loves and the literary figures he satired in his stories are included. The timeless artwork of Harry Clarke and Gustave Dore, two of Poe's best illustrators, are also provided. Poems sent to Poe by his many romantic interests and his poems in response are also included.
These are very telling about the man who was engaged three times and married to his thirteen-year-old first cousin. The poems are ordered by person and then organized chronologically under that person so that readers can see the exchange of poetry from and to Poe as it unfolded a century and a half ago. Read the works of America's most brilliant and mysterious author as you never have before. Experience the Poe revival firsthand. Product Details About the Author. About the Author.
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