The raven that arrives at his chamber door may exist, and may be physically present to the speaker. But the phrase that it continuously repeats is imagined by the speaker. It is a fantastical figment of the speaker's imagination that the raven is speaking directly to him, saying, "nevermore, nevermore". He believes that the raven is mocking him and yells towards it, asking "tell me truly, I implore – Is there – is there balm in Gilead? - tell me, I implore"(690)! When the raven answers him with the same ghoulish response "nevermore"(690).
He uses allusion in the line; “Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore" (Poe 47). This is an allusion that refers to the greek god Pluto. In Greece, Pluto is the god of the underworld. The underworld, which is also known as hell in the bible or Hades in Rome, is dark (Columbia). This darkness can also be a metaphor for the dark thoughts of death flowing through the speaker’s mind and the raven.
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 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.
As much as Poe tries to get the raven to leave him alone the only response he would get back was “never more.” Hinting that the raven would never leave him alone. Portraying that he will never be able to get over the loss of his wife. This symbolism Poe uses of the raven compares his sadness of the narrator to a raven, know for its dark and sad
Poe emphasized the word nevermore to illustrate the depressed and despair mood. The narrator uses, "Nothing more" to comfort himself and ignore his fears. He emphasized this to develop the poem's mystery and darkness. Lastly, Poe uses different word choices to create the mood of the poem.
Poe creates a suspense throughout the poem with the repetiton of the raven's answer ,”Nevermore”. We know that the narrator is in deep agony since he lost his wife and he is looking for ways of getting rid of this pain or even bringing his wife back to life. That's why he has been looking at various books, hoping for a miracle or something supernatural to happen. Thus, when the raven arrives, the narrator may have thought that he could find the answers to the questions in his head. And thus, everytime the raven answers his question with the same line, the narrator goes mad and the tension builds.
The raven’s constant reply of “Nevermore” is not Lenore ignoring the characters questions but giving the character a simple answer to all of his questions. The reply “Nevermore” is Lenore telling the character that she will forever be with him and he will never more have to worry with being a lone, she is here now. In conclusion, the raven in Edgar Poe’s story “The Raven” was sent to the unknown character to forever conclude his loneliness he felt from his loss. The raven symbolizes the presences of the unknown characters significant other Lenore.
The narrator is amazed by the bird as he then repeats "nevermore", he attempts to figure out why the bird says the same word over and over again, he creates a possible story that the bird might have escaped from his master who died at sea. He narrator continues to stare at the bird, who looks back at him with black, and feel like they burn his heart, his recalls how he will nevermore see his love Lenore. He tries every thought that comes to mind, the arrival of angels, forgetting his sorrows, he can't find the ravens purpose. The raven says "nevermore", but the narrator has one more question, will he see Lenore in heaven? The response "nevermore".
It states in “Poe Museum”(2017) that “Poe’s reputation today rests primarily on his tales of terror as well as the haunting lyric poetry. ”(p.5) His poem “The Raven” is a big example of that as he uses his frightening settings to proclaim his “tales of terror.” He uses a raven in the poem as a symbol for good luck. The expression “nevermore” is said repeatedly by the raven.
He tries to get the raven to leave, but the raven only ever says “nevermore” (102). At the very end of the poem, Poe states that the light from a lamp glows over the narrator, “And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floors shall be lifted- Nevermore,” (102) so finally the bird has made his point that this man will be alone forever. The bird is sitting on the bust of Pallas, which is the Greek goddess Athena, goddess of wisdom. Which is ironic cause all the man wants is to know why the raven is there, what he wants and when he will leave, but also when he will feel better and not be sad anymore. The very last line of the poem gives us the answer which is “Nevermore” (102).
The raven symbolizes death, and the apparent demise of the narrator. The message of this poem revolves around love and grief. The narrator’s love for Lenore left him overcome with grief. His love led to grief, and grief is what destroyed the narrator.
Quoth the raven nevermore” (Poe “The Raven” 47). In this piece of text Poe is talking to a bird. He is in a mental state during this poem. The bird is represented as a symbol of mournful and never-ending remembrance. This helps prove the unreliable narrator because Poe is asking the bird its name and the bird simply responds.
The poem makes some allusions, for example when referring to the bust of shovels, refers to the bust of atene or atena or "shovels athena" ie the crow perches on the Greek goddess of wisdom, civilization, war, art and strategy . "That bird or demon" rests on wisdom, according to the author of the poem, the time of year in which the poem is located is December, a month of much magic, but the most important allegory is the raven itself, "bird of the demon "" that comes from the plutonic riviera of the night "also refers to the crow as a messenger from beyond, in a few words it refers to the Roman god Pluto of the underworld, its equivalent for the Greeks was hades as a curious fact the Romans instituted exclusive priests to plutón called "victimarios" of all the Roman gods plutón was the most ruthless and feared, then the crow was a messenger of the beyond, perhaps invoked by that "old book, rare and of forgotten science", during the poem was speaks of seraphim that perfumed the room, with censers, according to the Christian angelology the seraphim have the highest ranks in the celestial hierarchy, since they are not made in image and Likeness of God, rather they are part or essence