What is the setting of the raven (month/weather)?
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"The Raven" is Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem, and is truly indicative of his haunting style. The poem is set in the chambers of a young male student who has apparently lost his lover fairly recently. It is midnight on a stormy night in December. It's important to note the setting as it helps to demonstrate the tone of mourning which is common among a majority of Poe's pieces.
The setting throughout is the narrator's chambers at midnight on a bleak December, as the speaker or student lapses between reading an old book and falling asleep.
"Once upon a midnight dreary.../Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December"
The answer to this question is stated specifically in the text of the poem. It is Midnight on a dreary, bleak December night.
Bleak December wheather is winter (snow)
December and it was very cold out.
The weather outside in the Raven was very snowy in the bleak December.
december and Dreary
The setting of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven is clearly delineated throughout the poem. It is a cold, dark December night, and the narrator is sitting in his library surrounded by his books. He is forlorn, lamenting the loss of his one true love, "the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore." The weather and time of day -- midnight -- present the desired atmosphere in which hauntings best occur. The three most descriptive lines in Poe's poem that address the issue of month and weather are as follows, with the first line opening the poem, the second and third lines occurring in the second stanza:
Once upon a midnight dreary
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December;
Deep into that darkness peering
Again, it is a cold winter night in December when the raven comes a-tapping at the narrator's chamber door.
Often employing pathetic fallacy with his settings, Poe creates an ambiance of physical setting, atmosphere, and time that adds a shuddering emphasis to the language of the poem itself. In "The Raven," it is a "midnight dreary" in a "bleak December" and darkness that is in sympathy with the "weary" feelings of the narrator who ponders the end of his loved one's life.
When he hears a knocking on his door, the narrator peers into the darkness, a darkness that matches that of his soul in its terrible grief for his Lenore. In more likenesses between the setting and the interior chambers in which the narrator resides, the night is deeply dark and the rustling curtains are purple, the raven is ebony as the night, also, and ominous as the night. Expressing this pathetic fallacy, is this passage:
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore--
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!
Quote the Raven "Nevermore."
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