What is the author trying to point out in "The Raven"?

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In a word:  Obsession.  As the previous post has mentioned, Poe strives for the single effect.  In "The Raven," the speaker is singularly in despair to the point that he becomes obsessed with his feelings.  And, it is this obsession that is so very desperate.

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What is the author trying to point out in "The Raven"?

What is the author trying to point out in "The Raven"?

Among other achievements, the poem is a detailed examination of grief and depression. Poe's protagonist moves through several specific stages of grief until he sinks into hopelessness at the poem's conclusion. He does not come to...

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I think that the author, Edgar Allan Poe, is trying to point out a number of things in perhaps his most famous work, The Raven. Poe was a master of deception and the supernatural, and loved to include hidden and dark meanings in all of his stories and poems. The Raven is no exception. One thing that I definitely think Poe is trying to point out is how grief, love, and obsession can control and take over one's body and mind. The man was so in love with his wife, that when she died his grief consumed him to the point of obsession. The raven that comes in tells of this, and I think that's one of the biggest things Poe points out. 

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