The last thing the raven represents is sanity. Most readers of this poem feel the raven drove the narrator to insanity, however I have interpreted a different view. The raven represents a role such as a therapist. Holding certain tragic and sad events inside, your thought process and activity is affected. While on the other hand, speaking out loud and acknowledging what happened can help you to move on and come to terms with the event.
This makes the narrator furious knowing he will never remedy his loss. “‘Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from my door!’ Quoth the raven ‘Nevermore’” He demanded that the bird leave him but the raven’s reply nevermore. Accordingly the man is driven to insanity knowing the thoughts of his lost love will never leave him. His basic plea can't be answered. The raven is in front of a candle casting a shadow down upon the floor.
“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is a poem filled with melodrama and sensationalism, therefore, it falls under the category of Gothic Literature. In “The Raven” the narrator is half reading, half falling asleep, and trying to forget about his lost love Lenore. He is suddenly shaken by a tapping sound on his door. The narrator opens the door and to his surprise finds nothing. He then opens the window and in flies a Raven.
If that is not causing fear in you, the narrator then hears a tap coming from his window. He opens it to find a black raven, a bird known to symbolize bad luck. Throughout the poem I also experienced anxiety as the narrator was losing his grip on reality. Here is a young man who strongly believes he is talking to a bird sent with a message from Satan. The raven keeps repeating the word “Nevermore” and the narrator takes this to mean there is no hope of peace in his future.
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream”-said Edgar Allan Poe. "The Raven" is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven 's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man 's slow fall into madness. The chamber in which the narrator is positioned, is used to signify the loneliness of the man, and the sorrow he feels for the loss of Lenore.
Ten times out of ten the conclusion that is made is that the raven within the poem symbolizes the mournful, never-ending remembrance for the narrator 's lost love Lenore. It is my intention to challenge that unanimous interpretation that the raven is a bad omen by saying that the raven
The occupation of the narrator’s thoughts in Poe’s most renowned poem, “The Raven,” is a woman named Lenore. Almost immediately, the reader knows of Lenore’s death and the effect it has on the narrator. He says how he is full of “sorrow for the lost Lenore / For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore” (Poe 613). It is also apparent that the narrator deeply loves Lenore and is reasonably saddened that she is dead. His obsession for Lenore is not evident yet, but in the next mention of her it becomes increasingly so.
In the poem, “The Raven,” Edgar Allan Poe uses gothic themes and numerous literary devices to illustrate the depressed state of the narrator. The narrator is obsessed with the fact that his loved one, Lenore, is gone. The reader is then led to suspect that the narrator is unreliable and may have possibly killed Lenore – and that this could possibly be the reason for the narrator drowning himself in sorrow. Poe suggests through the form of the poem-i.e. long drawn out line length, falling trochaic syllables, repetitive assonance- that the narrator’s inability to escape melancholy is a direct result of the narrator’s unstable mental condition.