The Raven (Poem)

The Raven is a poem with many examples of assonance, alliteration, and allusion. The Raven was written by Edgar Allan Poe in the 1800's. During the story, there is a depressed that had a talking raven fly into his house and rest on bust repeating "nevermore" several times.

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What is the first and last verse of The Raven?

First verse:

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

`'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door -

Only this, and nothing more.'

Last Verse:

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting

On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;

And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,

And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor

Shall be lifted - nevermore!

Ummn is that supposed to be the first verse? ^^

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What Poe's raven did?

QUOTH Sat on a bust of Pallas stared at narrator and said over and over, "Nevermore."

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Who wrote 'The Raven'?

Edgar Allan Poe wrote this classic American poem The Raven published in 1845.

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What is the moral of the raven by Edgar Allan Poe?

There is no moral. The narrator was expressing his eternal pain for his lost lover Lenore.

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Is Lenore a character in The Raven or the title of another writing?

Lenore is both a character in the poem The Raven as well as the title of a separate poem by Poe. Poe wrote a poem called "Lenore" in 1831.

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What is the mood of 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe?

The Mood is Scary and Weird! hes a CREAPER!!!

the mood is gloomy, dismal, sorrowful, and mysterious

The mood is spooky. gloomy and scary

~Ivy~

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What is the Night's Plutonian Shore in The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe?

"The Night's Plutonian Shore" could refer to the afterlife. Pluto was the Roman God of the underworld. The entire poem revolves around the lost love Lenore. The raven is a reminder or a messenger from beyond the curtain of death to the unnamed protagonist.

"Plutonian Shore" has nothing to do with the now dwarf planet Pluto, as previously stated. Pluto was not discovered until March of 1930. 85 years after the publication of The Raven.

The dwarf planet Pluto has nothing to do with this poem. Pluto was another name for Hades, ruler of the underworld in Greek religion/mythology. Basically he was the devil where as his brother, Zeus, ruled heaven. As stated above "The Night's Plutonian Shore" could refer to the afterlife, because the root word is Pluto, referring to Hades. I believe that the shore part is creativity at work, but I'm probably wrong, that's just what I want to think. In poems you have to wonder why the poet choose those words, so I believe the first answer is right, that the raven is a reminder or a messenger from beyond the curtain of death to the unnamed protagonist.
The narrator believes the raven is from the shore of the River Styx in the Underworld, the abode of the dead in Greek mythology. "Plutonian" is a reference to Pluto, the god of the Underworld.

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How does the repetition of the word nevermore contribute to the mood and the theme of the poem The Raven?

It could be that the raven repeating the word nevermore, which refers to Lenore's death, reminds the narrator that, even though he mourns, she's never coming back.

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Why did Poe write The Raven?

The original story that Poe adapted was a story he was writing about his dying wife Virginia. When he met with Dickens, who had lost and stuffed a cherished pet (the raven from Dickens' novel Barnaby Rudge (1841)), Poe must have been inspired to use a talking raven for his own poem.

Edgar Allan Poe wrote the poem "The Raven" because his father abandoned him and his mother died when he was almost two.

These kinds of poems were the best Poe could offer and it was why I think Poe wrote it.

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What figurative language is used in 'The Raven'?

There are different forms of figurative language, alliteration and onomatopoeia. Alliteration is reapeating the sound of a consonant over and over in a phrase. Ex. "And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain..."

Other examples of alliteration

  • Peter Piper picked some pickled peppers.
  • Seven silver snakes slithered slowly.

Onomatopoeia are words that sound like what they are. Ex. "Tis some visitor, I muttered, tapping at my chamber door..."

Other examples for onomatopoeia

  • pop
  • crack
  • snap
  • echo
  • slap
  • beating
  • rustling

The bust of Pallas on which the raven alights adds to the ancient feel to the narrator's tale. His question, "Is there balm in Gilead?" alludes to Job from the Old Testament, who suffered the insufferable and hints at the internal pain suffered by the narrator on account of Lenore's death. This example of an allusion is an example of a figurative language.
For onomatopoeia: tapping, rapping, ah, rustling, beating, etc.
there are all sorts like alliteration or internal ryhme:

Alliteration- "grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt"

Internal Rhyme- "dreary/weray" "shutter/ flutter"

These are examples of figurative language in "The Raven"

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How does the raven in Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' get in the house?

through the window

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What initial reaction does the speaker have to the bird in Edgar allan poes the raven?

Its amused I got it right

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What does this line from 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe mean 'Tell this soul with sorrow laden if within the distant Aidenn'?

From Hebrew ע�� (éden, "Eden"). Meaning: Paradise.

Aidenn refers to the Hebrew word for EDEN. The narrator is asking the raven if his soul will be with Lenore's in Paradise.

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What is the end rhyme in Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven'?

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore

...

As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door

And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor

Shall be lifted-nevermore!

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What is the setting of The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe?

The only absolute about the setting is the time; the first line tells us that "once upon a midnight dreary" so it is around midnight, while the second verse says it was a "bleak December." No direct clues however exist to signal where the plot is occurring, but one can assume that by the use of a "chamber door" that it is a fairly high class neighborhood.

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Rhyme Schemes
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What is the rhyme scheme for the Raven?

The rhyme scheme of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is ABCBBB.

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What was Edgar Allan Poe's inspiration for the Raven?

There's a bit of controversy with that one. My suggestion would be to read Philosophy of Composition (by Poe) which goes over how Poe wrote The Raven and why he wrote it that way. You should also consider Poe's biography and look for the similarities between Poe and the narrator.
His family life

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What is the exposition in 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe?

When Poe is reflecting on his lost Lenore.

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What does the raven symbolize in The Raven poem?

The Raven could signify two things, one dark and one light.

In darkness it could signify is the dark and depressing memory of the loss of Lenore, constantly reminding the writer that he shall never see his love again.

In light it can signify the release of the memory by a means of death, which in turn will reunite the writer with his love Lenore, as common folklore claims Ravens carry away the souls of the dead (And crows as well for those that will say "No it's crows" because you saw the movie).

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What is the mood at the end of The Raven?

Despair

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Is there any indication that the narrator dreamed the entire episode in The Raven?

It says in the story 'While I nodded, nearly napping,...' this infers that he was asleep. He may have been dreaming he was awake and being included in this conversation with the Raven, therefore never being fully awake. When he really did wake up he probably wrote this down as a story.
Yes because he says, "doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared dream before
Yes because in the story it said ''But the fact is I was napping and so gently you came rapping. Just read the story and it will tell you.

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What is the narrator's state of mind in the poem the raven?

In the Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, we can surely notice a striking feeling of gloom (and doom) in his reciting. During that phase the poet's wife was at her death-bed and by the time he finished the poem she was dead.

The poet is onto a note of no life after death. That everything about life happens on the Earth itself.

He was also feeling quite lonely; which can be deciphered from his lines stating that everyone is leaving me.

In a way the poem was also making us realize that Ravens are not ominous.

his mood or what he is doing example 'thrilled me-- filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before"

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Where and when do the events in the poem The Raven take place?

In December at midnight. Also in the chamber.

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The narrator guesses that the raven says nevermore because?

The narrator assumes that the raven says, "Nevermore," because it is the only word the raven learned from some unhappy master. It is also symbolic for the narrator's lost love, Lenore.
one is exhaustive

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What are some similarities between The Raven and Annabel Lee?

Edgar Allan Poe's view on poetry is that all poems must be a "rhythmical creation of beauty". In his eyes, melancholy and sadness is beautful. He thinks that the death of a young beautiful woman is itself full of beauty. In both "Annabel Lee" and "The Raven", Poe writes about this so-called beauty.

In "Annabel Lee", a young man is mourning the death of a beautiful young lady. Even though the woman had died quite some time ago, the man is still in melancholy. He misses her terribly and constantly thinks of how she was she was tragically taken from him by the angels who were jealous of their love, and by her family who didn't think the he himself was capable of bringing her to her final resting place. He loved Annabel Lee more than anyother human can love another. The following quote tells the reader how much he loves her and shows that he would do anything for her, even if that means sleeping by her tomb, each and every night. "And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side of my darling, my life and my bride, in her sepulchre there by the sea, in her tomb by the side of the sea."

In "The Raven", a man, most likely older than the man in "Annabel Lee", mourns the death of his love whom he called "Lenore". Lenore, like Annabel Lee, had died several years earlier. In "The Raven", man hears tapping on his chamber door and sees the curtains slowly swaying. He believes that it can be no other than Lenore. Unfortunately for him though, it is only but a bird. A large, black bird known as the Raven. Although the men in these two stories are similar because they both mourn for their loved ones, they are also different. The man in "The Raven" may be sad about his lost, but his love cannot compare to that of the man in "Annabel Lee".

In these two short stories, the two main characters, as mentioned before, are very much alike, yet at the same time different. They both lose the woman of their life and they both are still in mourning. Poe's poems are usually about such sorrow and sadness, and it is this that makes his poems beautiful.

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