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Posted October 10, 2013 at 10:53 PM via web

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What are three verbs that show what the narrator of Edgar Allen Poe's poem "The Raven is doing?

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mattbuckley | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted October 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM (Answer #1)

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The narrator of this poem does a number of things as the story unfolds. It is a narrative poem which by definition tells a story. Therefore, the narrator is doing different things at different points in the poem. 

In the opening, the narrator tells us how he is "pondering" while he "nodded, nearly napping", and how he eagerly "wished the morrow". This all shows how he was in his study late wanting the day to end. 

Later he is speaking to the Raven that has flown into his house. He "wheeled" a chair over and sat as he spoke. In the end he looses hope for his future as his "soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor / Shall be lifted - nevermore!"

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