October 10, 2004

Symbolism of the Raven

As I've rooted through many of my classmates blogs, most have talked about symbolism in Poe's the poem the 'Raven.' And I have learned that there are many symbols in the poem, but one symbol that is important to the poem is the raven. Like many things the raven has a very symbolic nature. The raven is said to be the king of crows and represent knowledge. The raven is also said to represent the oncoming of death and dying. Some of my classmates also referred to the raven's symbolism. Nabila mentions in her blog that the raven symbolizes guilt and sin. From my point of view a raven is a crafty and a dominating creature. Also they are larger and louder than crows. If you've ever seen one up close they look fairly intimidating as far as a bird goes. Even in the poem, the raven has a dominating presense. The narrator even refers to the raven as a beast, saying, "Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door, With such name as "Nevermore."

Posted by JessicaZelenak at October 10, 2004 8:45 PM

If anyone can come up with a true meaning behind my hero Edgars words i would be pleased to be contacted at my Email address Sulfer666@yahoo.com.

I believe that there was a deep...dark meaning behind his words and I am going to devote to finding his views.

My Referenceto your search would be the classic French and Greek writers that Poe seems to Reference to.

Example: Quinault- Atys

Posted by: rob at March 14, 2005 6:33 PM

I do believe that the poem takes place within his mind. Lenore is apparent in MANY places in the poem, such as the "whispering of the curtians" (sorry don't have the poem in front of me) and obviously her ghost is mentioned "rapping at my chamber door" (his soul? his mind?) He is locked in inner turmoil, the Raven is his own guilt and sorrow at her loss... he cannot admit to himself that she is finally gone. The Raven, representing wisdom and knowlage, is telling him that she is gone forever, but he refuses to believe himself.

At the end of the poem, either Lenore dies within his heart, or he ends his life.

Posted by: Jessy at January 5, 2006 8:30 PM

I believe that the raven may stand for all of which you stated in your blog above.

Posted by: Christine at June 2, 2006 9:55 PM

I believe that the raven is all about Poe's life who had lost his hopes when his wife died and he wanted her to go back to his heart but the black bird said "nevermore". It also symbolizes his own consciuos on what is going with his life in that time.

Posted by: tyson celino at December 13, 2006 9:01 PM

i believe that poe was the legend and master of short stories.

Posted by: Tyson Celino at January 10, 2008 11:26 AM
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