What is the speaker's state of mind and action at the end of "The Raven"?

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At the end of the poem the speaker is feeling totally overwhelmed with grief at the loss of the loved one named Lenore. Early in the poem he says he "wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door." Presumably at the end of the poem he is sitting completely motionless in that cushioned seat with the raven still looking down at him. He says that the bird and the bust of Pallas cast a shadow on the floor and that his heart will never be lifted out of that shadow again. The bird evidently symbolizes the remembrance of his loss of Lenore, and the bust of Pallas, the Goddess of Wisdom, symbolizes the cold light of reason which tells him there is no afterlife in which he might hope to be reunited with Lenore. There is no "balm in Gilead." The final words of the poem, like the final word of each refrain, is "Nevermore."

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What is the speaker feeling and doing at the beginning of "The Raven"?

According to the various famous verses from the poem that, to this day, many can say with their eyes closed:

           Once upon a midnight dreary

While I pondered, weak and weary

Upon many and quaint a curious volume of forgotten lore

and then he moves on to say that, he was nodding and napping.

Basically, the main character and narrator was sitting by the fire in a dark Winter night, pondering in weakness and feeling weary.

This, he is doing because he is in mourning of his love, Lenore. Since he feels so lonely and sad and the night's weather is making things apparently worse for his psyche, he resolves to simply stay inside, think about Lenore, and allow nostalgia to take over his mind and heart.

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