He shows what happens to someone when they lose someone that meant a lot to them. Poe describes depression, bleakness, bargaining, but most of all acceptance. Poe writes the conclusions to both of the novels as acceptance because he wants people to know that the suffering only ends at acceptance. The death will always haunt people like when Eleonora comes back from the dead at the end of “Eleonora” but in the end the narrator accepts her death. At the end of “The Raven” the protagonist accepts his love 's death as well with the help of the raven when he tells him that he will never be together with his love again.
All throughout the poem Poe uses dark poetry to present this gloomy dark poem. Right from the beginning we see the hopelessness as the narrator tries to stop thinking about his lost love Lenore. Poe uses his word choice throughout the poem to add to is depressed hopeless theme. His use of “bleak December” (Line 7), adds imagery to the poem and provides the picture of a dark winter. Later in the poem Poe writes of a raven that is with the narrator.
“I voluntarily inflicted a certain level of insanity on myself” is a quote by Jonathan Franzen, which I believe is very true in the mental state of people. In the poem, “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, the narrator inflicts insanity on himself, however you can just as easily inflict sanity on oneself. Depending on your mental strength and durability you can slowly but surely return to sanity. The talking raven, in this poem, helps the narrator overcome this insanity. It helps the narrator on his journey back to reality and overcoming the constant mental state that he has been facing since the person he loved, Lenore’s, death.
At the time he wasn’t only mourning the death of Annabel Lee but also the death of his wife a few years back which is the reason that he wrote The Raven. Learning about how all of the people that he loved, and cared for died will show just about anyone that it was not an easy life for Poe. A critic once said that Poe wrote and knew that any type of love had to come with loss (Kennedy). This showed a lot about Poe’s life as everyone that he loved he actually did lose. This made it a lonely life that made him very depressed.
Perhaps the speaker of the poem is a man who has suffered the unfortunate loss of his dear loved one. This is demonstrated in the second stanza, in which he speaks of the “sorrow for the lost Lenore”, a “rare and radiant maiden” named by “angels”. The state of mind that the speaker was in escalated quickly over the poems timeline. At first he was mournful and somewhat calm. However, as the atmosphere of the room became increasingly tense and shrouded, the speaker began to slip out of reality.
After a loss of a loved one some people tend to have a lot of regret of not spending enough time with that person, hoping they know you love them, and many more reasons why. His regret is evident by describing the raven as “this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore” (line 70). You can’t do anything with regret. It’s just like an empty hole and you can’t take any good memories from it. In the main character’s case his lovely wife left him widowed and he would stay up till midnight.
How Edgar Allan Poe Portrays Insanity in The Raven A literary analysis by Viktor Wemmer - TE13C The Raven is arguably Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous work and it has been both criticised and praised by people all around the world. It revolves around an unnamed narrator who was half reading, half sleeping while trying to forget about his lost love Lenore, tells us about how he during a bleak December notices someone tapping on his chamber door, but when he gets up to answer there is no one there. The same sound later is heard coming from his window, and a raven flies into his room when he proceeds to open it. The narrator asks for the Raven’s name, but the only answer he gets is “Nevermore”. As he continues to ask questions to it, he discovers that nevermore is the only thing the raven will say.
The Raven: A Delusional State of Mind In the short story “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe, the raven is very likely just a bird that flew into the window, but the narrator proves his delusional state of mind by quoting the raven nevermore. The narrator believes the raven is speaking to him because he is grieving over his lost wife Lenore, the bird is there and he describes it, and he demonstrates his delusional mind by suggesting that the bird has spoken to him. The narrator in this short story believes the raven is speaking to him because he is grieving over his lost Lenore. It is obvious that he has deep feelings for her by his words, “For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore” (11). He believes that the raven is talking
This coping mechanism of writing down one’s feelings in order to deal with loss mirrors that of the artist Iyaz. After losing his lover, he wrote a song, titled “Solo”, which helps him to express his emotions and longing toward her. People experience severe loneliness and depression after the loss of a loved one. Immediately following the death of a loved one people begin to regret the time they could have spent with them. They feel as if they took advantage of their happiness
Many authors or poets use this theme to depict how past experiences or events affects people mentally and can leave them demented in many cases. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe encompasses this theme. While searching for answers from the raven, “respite the nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore” (Poe 439) the man cannot get over the loss of his wife causing psychological issues for the man such as trying to obtain info from a raven about his dead wife. Correspondingly, in “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe, the man becomes agitated with the cat and decides to hang it. He “hung it because (he) knew in doing so (he) was committing a sin” (Poe 2).