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.
“The Raven” Analysis “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary” (Poe 1). Poe opens one of his most famous poems, “The Raven”, with this line, like a dark fairytale. “The Raven” is considered an elegy describing a man trying to cope with the death of his lover, Lenore. Poe uses many literary devices to portray meaning about his feelings. “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is a literary portrayal of his pain on the death of his lover, Lenore, using symbolism, repetition, and alliteration.
Poe uses lots of symbolism in this poem and the biggest symbol is the raven itself. The raven symbolizes the man’s love for Lenore. Lenore was someone who was particularly important to this man. All he ever did was think about her. He tried to escape his thoughts, but every time he did, he got pulled back into them.
As he continues to ask questions to it, he discovers that nevermore is the only thing the raven will say. The questions became more and more personal and filled with pain the further the poem progresses. Not getting any answers results in the narrator becoming more and more desperate and insane. In this analysis I want to focus on how Poe’s writing in The Raven progressively gives the reader the feeling that the narrator turns insane. How does he create the progression from a seemingly normal man to an insane one?
The poem ends with the silencing of the man with the raven using his home as a permanent perching place. Despite the years of discussion over this work of literature throughout the years and many programs it has been involved in, it is still widely debated what the raven in the story actually represents. Within the poem his attitude towards the bird shifts into five different emotions, each one correlating with a stage of grief. The fact that Poe wrote it in this matter shows that the raven is supposed to represent grief, therefore the narrator is expressing his five stages at this physical manifestation of the grief itself. The first stage of the five is denial.
Therefore when the Raven comes, the narrator thinks the Raven is somehow sent from Lenore or could possibly be Lenore. I believe that the Raven was sent from Lenore to help give closure to the narrator and to send a message. The message sent is that he will never know where Lenore is now but she is okay. The Raven would give him closure by having the narrator think he was talking to Lenore one last time, then it would help him move on from her and feel peace by the sound of her name instead of a deep sadness. Lenore had a huge impact on the narrator’s life.
Poe only says that she is truly missed by the narrator. Lenore herself could be a simple symbol of love in general or a hope in a better world. Poe does describe her as “rare and radiant,” (10) At the beginning of the story, Poe gives us a quite detailed picture of what the nameless man was doing and what the night was like. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,” (2) describes that he is reading during the late hour of midnight
Edgar Allan Poe 's poem, The Raven is told by an unnamed man who was sitting all alone in his room. One late night, he hears someone tapping at his door. At first he thinks that it is just someone coming to stop by and visit him. Instead of just openeding the door he begins to remembering the loss of his love, Lenore, who had recently died.The unnamed man begins to realize his fear of what could be on the other side of his chamber door. When he finally works up the courage to go and open the chamber door, all he sees is darkness and nothing else but darkness .But the narrator continues to hear the never ending tapping, so he checks out the window.
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