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Temporary Longing

"'Other friends have flown before -- On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.'"
~lines 58-59 of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven"

I've encountered this poem many times before in other classes and even in a Simpsons episode. The detail that stuck out to me this time around was that it almost seems as if the narrator initially wants the raven to stay. This surprised me because I had always remembered the narrator more or less going insane with rage towards the raven because it wouldn't leave--which he does later. In this particular passage, however, the raven is juxtaposed with the narrator's friends and hopes that have "flown" before. This is actually a pleasant reference to the raven. This, of course, doesn't really last very long, but it is there.

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I also thought that this was interesting. Maybe Poe is trying to suggest the positive qualities of the Raven?

It's not too far-fetched.

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