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What is the setting of the raven (month/weather)?

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sarah003 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 14, 2007 at 6:31 AM via web

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What is the setting of the raven (month/weather)?

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krounds | Student, College Sophomore | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 29, 2014 at 8:42 PM (Answer #7)

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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.

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chloemink | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 14, 2007 at 6:47 AM (Answer #1)

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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.

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teacherdjd | Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 17, 2007 at 2:29 AM (Answer #2)

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"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.

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souljagurl012 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 25, 2007 at 9:55 AM (Answer #3)

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Bleak December wheather is winter (snow)

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lpteach | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 5, 2007 at 6:37 AM (Answer #4)

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December and it was very cold out.

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superpoop321 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 8, 2007 at 10:31 PM (Answer #5)

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The weather outside in the Raven was very snowy in the bleak December.

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california10 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 19, 2008 at 11:02 AM (Answer #6)

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december and Dreary

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kipling2448 | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 21, 2014 at 6:31 PM (Answer #8)

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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.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 21, 2014 at 9:43 PM (Answer #9)

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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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