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How does the narrator's attitude change towards the raven as "The Raven" progresses?

At first the speaker does not take the Raven very seriously. He assumes it is a tame bird that somehow escaped from its owner and is only seeking temporary shelter. He describes it in a facetious...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2015 11:47 pm UTC

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Alliteration In The Raven

Alliteration is the repetition of the initial consonant sound in words that are near one another. It is important to remember that it is the sound, not the spelling, that is important. So, when...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2017 11:21 pm UTC

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Are there any similes and/or metaphors in "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?

One metaphor appears in the second stanza of the poem, when the speaker says, of the remnants of a fire in the grate, that "each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor" (line 8)....

Latest answer posted November 22, 2020 12:48 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of "Nevermore," repeated by the raven? How does it change throughout the poem?  

The first time the raven says "Nevermore," it is apparently in answer to the narrator asking its name. The second time, the word comes after the narrator reflects that the raven will soon leave...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2020 10:52 am UTC

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What are some themes in the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?

The theme of insanity is emphasized by elements defined by Gothic-era literature, particularly internal darkness (depression, previously termed melancholia), hallucinations, and a supernatural...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 12:38 am UTC

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In "The Raven," how does the narrator's emotional state change during the poem?

Because the presence of the raven causes the speaker to think of his unknown eternity, potentially without his "lost Lenore," the speaker grows increasingly frantic and forlorn. In the beginning of...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2020 10:46 am UTC

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What is the mood/tone of Poe's "The Raven"?

The tone of a poem is the attitude the speaker takes toward the subject. In "The Raven," Poe crafts a speaker who sits alone on a bleak December evening, missing his lost Lenore. This speaker is so...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2020 7:56 pm UTC

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What are the Gothic elements in "The Raven" with examples from the poem?  

Gothic fiction is typically characterized by mystery as well as elements of the supernatural, and "The Raven" in many ways contains both. First, the fact that the poem begins on a "midnight...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 2:06 pm UTC

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What Does The Raven Symbolize

The raven initially symbolizes what Poe describes as "mournful, never-ending remembrance." The narrator's sorrow over his lost love Lenore provides the impetus for his unusual conversation with the...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 9:28 am UTC

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What is the mood of the poem "The Raven?"

Many words could be used to describe the mood in Edgar Allan Poe's brilliant poem "The Raven." In a single word, it can be considered "Gothic," which you can read more about in the link below. More...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 3:28 pm UTC

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Nevermore Meaning

My comment is brief, but I want to make it anyway. "Nevermore" is the central word of the poem, if we go by Edgar Allan Poe's 1846 essay, "The Philosophy of Composition." In this essay he writes...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2010 11:19 am UTC

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What is the conflict in "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?

The conflict in Poe's poem is an internal one, as has been previously noted. Poe states the nature of this inner conflict early in the poem. He has been trying to achieve "surcease of sorrow for...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2012 8:05 pm UTC

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What Is The Setting Of The Raven

“The Raven” contains several clues that tell the reader about the setting of the poem. They are found in stanzas 1, 2, 3, and 7. In the first stanza, the speaker provides the reader with the time:...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2015 6:15 pm UTC

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What is Poe's intended effect/purpose through the repetition of "Nevermore" in The Raven?

When someone loses a person he loves dearly, the thought inevitably occurs that he will never see that person again throughout eternity, either in the flesh or in the hereafter. When King Lear is...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2014 7:28 pm UTC

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In "The Raven," how does the speaker's state of mind change as the poem progresses and what is its cause?

In the poem, the speaker moves from melancholy to outright despair. His initial sorrow looks to have been caused by Lenore's death; however, by the end of the poem, his unhappiness is caused by the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2017 1:19 pm UTC

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In the poem "The Raven," what does the speaker mean by asking "is there balm in Gilead?"

Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" is written in the first person and narrated by a young man mourning the death of his "lost Lenore." He appears melancholic by temperament as well as greatly...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2016 2:19 am UTC

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In Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven", what is a Pallas or a bust?

In Poe's poem, the raven comes and sits on the bust of Pallas. A bust is a sculpture of the head and shoulders of a person. Pallas is another name for Athena, the goddess of wisdom. The raven...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2018 2:07 pm UTC

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Compare "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe.  

"The Raven" and "Annabel Lee" are both poems by Edgar Allan Poe that address the desolation experienced by a man who has lost his love. In both of these poems, the speaker is experiencing profound...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2017 10:57 pm UTC

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What is the full rhyme scheme of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?

There is also a great deal of internal rhyme in the poem. Internal rhyme was a common device among 19th-century poets, such as Poe, in which a word in the middle of a line rhymes with one at the...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2017 10:59 am UTC

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Please paraphrase stanza 12 of "The Raven" and list its literary elements.

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling, Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door; Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking Fancy...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2018 8:40 pm UTC

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Characterize the narrator's state of mind in "The Raven." Support your claim with two pieces of evidence from the text. 

In Poe's "The Raven," the speaker begins the poem feeling depressed and lonely, mourning the loss of Lenore. In one of the early stanzas, the speaker confesses that he is in his study reading in...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2018 3:31 am UTC

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How does Edgar Allan Poe in "The Raven" create mood and atmosphere in the first five stanzas?

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe creates an ominous atmosphere for this eerie tale of the ebony bird who visits the narrator. The narrator has recently lost his love—Lenore. He is in a dark place...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013 3:30 am UTC

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Personification In The Raven

Interestingly, the employment of personification enhances the haunting atmosphere of Poe's poem. For there is sound and sight movement like that of a something haunted directs itself toward the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2014 7:25 am UTC

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What does the narrator ask of the raven in the poem "The Raven"?

Ultimately, what the narrator asks of the raven in this poem is that it leave him in peace. He says, "Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore! Leave no black plume as a...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2017 11:30 am UTC

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At the end of the poem, what does the speaker mean when he says the Raven "still is sitting" above the door?

At the end of the poem “The Raven”, by Edgar Allan Poe, the speaker, in the lines: And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2015 7:38 pm UTC

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What poetic devices are used in "The Raven"?

Further examples of alliteration—the repetition of an initial consonant sound—include "Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, / Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2016 12:39 pm UTC

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What happens when the speaker asks the raven to leave? What is the speaker's condition at the end of "The Raven"?

At the end of Poe’s “The Raven”, the character demands that the bird depart because of the stress it is causing him. The bird, the moment of the protagonist’s profound anguish and despair, simply...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2019 11:24 am UTC

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Towards the end of the story, what does the speaker want the raven to do in the short story "The Raven," by Edgar...

Toward the end of the poem, the speaker wants the raven to offer him some comfort. He asks, "'is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!'" Balm of Gilead was a rare medicinal perfume...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2017 12:02 pm UTC

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What are four examples from Poe's "The Raven" that demonstrate the effect that alliteration and assonance have on the...

One example of alliteration, the repetition of an initial consonant sound, occurs when the narrator says, "Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, / Doubting,...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 12:37 pm UTC

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What does "ghost" mean in the context of line 8 in "The Raven"?

"And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor." This metaphor is the same idea as the idiom "giving up the ghost." The death of the embers is like a person...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2008 12:37 pm UTC

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What is the narrator hoping the Raven can tell him?

The narrator of the poem is surprised by the bird when it comes into his chamber. First, the presence of the black bird is imposing and unsettling; then, the one word it speaks, “nevermore,” throws...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2017 1:08 pm UTC

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Is there any evidence suggesting the speaker is going mad?

In Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," the stanzas begin subtlely and rise in a crescendo of emotional tension and strained reasoning that certainly connote the psychological change in the speaker....

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012 3:47 pm UTC

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What does stanza 11 mean from "The Raven"? Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,...

In Stanza 8 of "The Raven" the narrator is somewhat bemused by the ebony bird that flies in his window and perches in classical fashion upon the bust in his "chamber." At this...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2008 10:16 am UTC

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In the poem "The Raven," what does the speaker order the raven to do?

The speaker issues not only a single instruction but a litany of orders in the penultimate stanza: "Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!” I shrieked, upstarting— “Get thee back...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2016 7:43 am UTC

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What does the second stanza of "The Raven" mean in modern day? Also what are the literary devices for that...

The second stanza is telling the reader that the speaker is recalling a gloomy December day or evening. While he was sitting in his study, the fire that he had in his fireplace was dying out and...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2008 5:43 am UTC

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In "The Raven," why does Poe use a raven instead of another bird or animal?

Edgar Allan Poe was the master of using symbols in his writings. They symbols always represented something else. Poe could have certainly used another animal in the story, but the effect wouldn't...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2014 3:34 pm UTC

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Is there dramatic irony in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven?"

There are, indeed, examples of dramatic irony in Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, although the situational irony in Poe's famous poem is, to this educator, more pronounced. Situational irony refers to...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 1:44 am UTC

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What is the atmosphere of "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe?

As with many of Edgar Allen Poe's works, "The Raven" depends for its effects on creating a distinct atmosphere of gloom, melancholy, and foreboding. This atmosphere is evoked in three ways, by the...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016 2:45 pm UTC

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What is the tone of "The Raven," and how does it relate to the central idea?

In literature, tone refers to the way the author feels about the subject of the work. In this particular poem, Poe seems to sympathize with the narrator. The speaker has endured a terrible...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2017 9:01 pm UTC

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What two questions does the narrator ask the raven towards the end of "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?  

The speaker in "The Raven" asks the bird if there's anything that will ease his heartache, and if there's any chance he'll see his lost love in the afterlife. Let's check out the details of these...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2016 5:43 pm UTC

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Consonance In The Raven

The Raven is a very tightly organized poem. Consonance—the repetition of consonant sounds—is just one of the ways Poe's language is meant to evoke a feeling of hypnotic melancholy. Take, for...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2017 1:31 pm UTC

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

Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Raven is considered a classic of gothic literature. A man, probably of middle age, sits alone in his well-adorned library one cold, "bleak December" evening, and...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2015 8:11 pm UTC

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What is an example of both end rhyme and internal rhyme in the poem?

Edgar Allan Poe uses both internal and external rhyming patterns in “The Raven.” In general, internal rhyme occurs when the middle word of a line rhymes with the ending word of the same line. Poe...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016 6:49 pm UTC

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How do you translate the 9th stanza of The Raven? I need this by tommorrow

As this is English, it does not need to be translated, but I will reword the 9th stanza to you. Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,Though its answer little meaning -...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2009 11:51 am UTC

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How does the author create a mood in the opening stanza of "The Raven"?

The mood created at the beginning of "The Raven" is one of mystery and sadness with undertones of horror. Poe accomplishes this through the Gothic setting, characterization, and poetic sound...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2017 2:39 am UTC

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Mood Of The Raven

The word that best describes the mood in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is "uncanniness." The word "uncanniness" describes a feeling of fear combined with wonder aroused by something potentially...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2012 5:56 pm UTC

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Meaning of a line in the poem What does "Vainly had I sought to borrow from my books surcease of sorrow" mean?

There is something grandiose about the word surcease as it rings of Milton, or Shakespeare, or even Yeats. The effort required to terminate sorrow, even as great as it may be, is usually an effort...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012 5:07 pm UTC

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In Edgar Allen Poe's work "The Raven," explain how the raven mirrors the speaker’s mental state.

The eponymous raven doesn't mean anything by its constant, annoying refrain of “Nevermore.” But because the speaker is in such a fraught mental state, he takes it to heart, reflecting as it does...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2020 11:12 am UTC

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Please explain the repetition used and its effect in "The Raven." 

Repetition in "The Raven" is used to create a sense of dread more than anything, though it also gives the reader a glimpse into the psychology of the poem's speaker, who is a grief-stricken man...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2020 12:19 pm UTC

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What is the setting of "The Raven" (month/weather)?

The time of year in which Poe's poem "The Raven" is set is quite clear, but the narrator's description of the weather is contradictory. The narrator clearly states that the event occurred in "the...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2016 4:51 pm UTC

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