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What is the plot of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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willhill | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 25, 2007 at 10:21 AM via web

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What is the plot of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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cmcqueeney | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 25, 2007 at 10:27 AM (Answer #1)

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Enotes provides a thorough summary of "The Raven" at the link below.  Basically, the poem is about a man whose sitting alone in his house.  His love has died and he is mourning her loss.  A raven shows up at the door and the man begins to dialogue with the raven about his lost love, Lenore.  He starts asking the raven questions, wondering if he will ever get over Lenore or if he will see her again.  The raven's only response is "Nevermore".

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brendawm | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 26, 2007 at 11:59 AM (Answer #2)

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One of the most famous poems in history is “The Raven”, mostly because of the refrain, “Nevermore.” The speaker is a man who is grieving for the lose of his beloved Lenore, and has been visited by a talking bird who repeatedly quotes the single word, “Nevermore.” The narrator is so filled with grief over his loss that his imagination allows the bird to become transformed into a prophet bringing news that they will “Nevermore” be together,  not even in heaven. As mentioned in the previous answer, the link below offers a superior summary of the poem.

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