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

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

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The brilliance of Poe's immortal poem "The Raven" is this: an ordinary corvid flies into the narrator's house one night, perches over his door, and starts squawking (as birds are wont to do). Due to the extremely fragile state of the narrator's tortured mind, this simple, simple sound—repeated over and over—causes him to go hopelessly mad. 

"Nevermore" is the sound that the narrator hears when the raven opens its mouth. It's no great surprise that his mind created something unusual—after all, we hear the words "cock-a-doodle-doo" from roosters. The word does not immediately cause stress upon his brain, just as the melodic chimes begin sounding beautifully in Poe's "The Bells" before they turn to gradually to a cacophony of torture. 

In both poems, a lovesick man hears a neutral external noise and is driven mad by his own mind's inability to find peace in its agony. "Nevermore" becomes a cruel mantra; it becomes the jeering of the gods at his own attempt to mourn his lost love; it...

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