Love Lost In The Raven

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The desire to bring back love lost is inapprehensible. Love lost is a mere form of death itself with its idea of torment consistently knocking at one’s bedroom door, with no obstructive answer besides “nevermore”. What lays beyond the previous sentiments stated with it bleak and dreary entry, can be compared to its father who went by the name of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe was the father of Gothic horror until his untimely passing in 1849. However, before his passing, Poe wrote his best selling lyrical narrative poem called The Raven in 1844 that inhibits the idea of lunacy in the natural world, as well as, the unattainable desire to resurrect love upon the speakers lost Lenore. Within this transcendent piece of literature, Poe uses symbolism…show more content…
Many of the alarming inanimate objects that the speaker is accompanied by on this particular night have to do with the natural world as they apply fear and anxiety towards the speaker. For example, upon morning for his lost love Lenore, he hears ongoing noises in the night that are increasing in sound and instilment of fear. In the poem, Poe depicted the form of a man in his fear at the mercy of nature in his sanctuary: “Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning, soon I heard again a tapping somewhat louder than before. […] “Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; ‘Tis the wind and nothing more” (31-36). Moreover, what one can grasp from these lines within the poem is that the wind was sought to be malice natural forces that surrounded the speaker, surrounded his home of peace and tranquility of mournful silence, just waiting to seize the opportunity to break the long drawn out of stillness within the night. Nevertheless, “as his uninvited visitor begins to occupy more and more psychic space, his appearance grows, by turns, alarmingly mournful and manic,” until nature breaks in as a form of a bird (Turner, 141). What had been perceived to be as an unholy act of nature came only as a form of a bird in ebony, a raven, in which brings forth the idea of conflict between man and nature to the front…show more content…
For the theme, Poe used the aspect of man and the natural world by embedding the conflict between the speakers fear of the unknown that was behind the dreadful knocking at his door. In addition, symbolism is a necessity for Poe since his writings are deep within meaning, in particular to this poem, Poe used the raven as a symbol of mournful recollection of love which transferred onto being the devils spawn. However, upon reading this poem, one can question how such love for another being can cause pure agony upon their lover’s demise. Nevertheless, such agony in the form of a bird of prey for one’s persecution of mind and
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