The most important and well-known phrase of this poem is “Nevermore.” The word “nevermore” is repeated many times throughout the poem. This is the only word that the Raven can speak. Although the phrase “nevermore” is the response of the raven, it becomes the feeling of the speaker himself. For example, the speaker says, “Clasp a rare and
The speaker’s relationship with his “lost Lenore,” seems to be an unexpected one. Lenore is referred to as an angel, while the narrator is surrounded by ghosts and evil feelings. The feeling of terror which was felt when the narrator opened the door to find “darkness there and nothing more,” could have been reduced had a light been nearby to illuminate the hallway, but the importance of the darkness shows the audience that the lack of religion and prayers of the narrator are taking a toll on him, as the seemingly lack of religious beliefs Poe had also affected his life. Not only did Poe allude to the evil aspects of religions in this poem, but he also threw in a few allusions that make the audience question what Poe’s beliefs truly were. Poe alludes to the Hellenistic story of Pallas Athena in line 41, the narrator points out that this Raven is “perched upon a bust of Pallas,” Poe specifically chose Pallas because she and Lenore relate to each other in the ways that the two of them will only live on in their names.
Brooks does a good job of expressing universal longing in her poem by stating, “Grand griefs. And choices”(p.1064 line 11). By saying grand griefs, Brooks is relaying the idea that there are certain griefs that are felt by humans as a species, and not each one as an individual. Similarly, in his poem, Frederick Douglass, Hayden states, “When it is finally ours, this freedom, this liberty, this beautiful and terrible thing, needful to man as air, usable as earth”(p.1067 lines 1-4). In this excerpt, the author portrays the idea that freedom is something that all men need, not just whites or African Americans, but the entire human population of the world.
Furthermore, in the poem The Raven, the narrator, grieving the loss of his love Lenore, encounters a Raven, who enters the chamber only to exclaim the word “nevermore”. In fact, it is the repetition of the phrase, “quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore’,” (Stanza 8) that is used to create a web of symbolism throughout the story. The repetitive syntax Poe uses from stanza to stanza, specifically the word “nevermore”, illustrates the permanent burden of the Raven’s presence which represents the narrator’s longing for Lenore, who is deceased. Therefore, this use of syntax develops the meaning behind the peculiar story and its theme regarding the lasting dolor one feels upon the demise of a loved
As the poem opens, the narrator is at home alone at night feeling sad and lonely. He is reading to try to forget about his "sorrow for the lost Lenore." The major conflict is within the narrator 's mind. He is so distraught by the loss of his love that it leads him to the brink of insanity. He appears throughout the poem to be fighting with the raven, but in actuality, he is struggling within himself.
I found great interest in this concept, so I chose this poem. I have always been interested in history and different time periods and this ties into my belief that everyone, regardless of their race, gender, sexuality or nationality. When reading this poem, it made me think about the hardships that an entire race was forced to endure and this poem put some of that in perspective. In this poem, the most significant line is, “Making History takes more than standing in line” (7), because it represents the shift in tone, from an almost confused tone into a more confident tone. It also carries more of the poems meaning, as it means that you have to do something to be remembered, you cannot just do the baseline and hope for the best.
Instead, lines such as “One day you finally knew / what you had to do,” and “you felt the old tug / at your ankles,” narrates the thoughts of a “you” throughout the poem. Its consistent use of the second person suggests that the reader is the focus of the poem, making it more personal to them. This connects with the theme of self presented, as when the speaker says the “you” is “determined to save / the only life you could save.” In this instance, the only life “you” could save refers to “your” life, suggesting that only one can change their own life for the better. Because of the line’s use of second person pronouns, this forces the reader to think of a time where they positively changed themselves. Despite “The Journey” being composed of one stanza, there is a clear turning point in the poem when the speaker
Many authors have pointed out that courage is something that every human needs. Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert haden are all examples of poets who have taken the challenge to write on this topic, and all of them have succeeded. The message of courage can be found in the poems Mirror, Courage, The Explorer, and Frederick Douglass. Up first with the message of courage is Sylvia Plath’s Mirror. This poem explores courage through the face of a mirror.
Another reoccurring theme in the poem is love. The reader can see from the very beginning that this poem is about someone the speaker loved very much. It’s clear that all the man wants is his dear Lenora back, although that is impossible. Knowing this, the reader can infer that Poe struggled with love in his own life, so much so that he took to writing about it. Although he never comes out directly and says that this is a poem about love, the reader can recognize the deeper meaning of his writings.
Freedom isn't just being able to say or express what you want it's also not being enslaved by someone who wants to take over or control your freedom. Freedom is what makes the American Dream