October 08, 2004

Black as night

Edgar Allen Poe is famous for his poem The Raven. The Raven is famous for confusing many.

I read the poem when we had to do it, i read it two minutes ago, i read it five minutes ago, i skimmed it, and i still don't really get the meaning of it. I contemplate that maybe the narrator is now going to die because of sighting the Raven. Stanza nine, lines three and four "For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being/Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door." Perhaps it is a sign that one is about to die, or is going to die, or something of the sort. Also, the poety is mourning his mysterious lost love Lenore, perhaps he is contemplating suicide, has fallen into an overdosed trance, and is viewing the raven much closer to his deathbed than one actually percieves. (Sorry, i have no idea where that came from) Perhaps though, if contemplating death over his lost love, Poe is having a dream, and in his dream views the Raven, the symbol of death, and gets scared, thinking he is now going to die, but doesn't really want to. I have heard that almost every person that tries to commit suicide actually wants to live once death is looking them straight in the eye. Perhaps it is a Scrooge type of thing, where he sees a "ghostly form" Or maybe its just almost one o'clock in the morning, mixed with the fact that i have a really strange and sometimes obnoxious imagination.

Posted by Lori Rupert at October 8, 2004 12:41 AM

I will agree with you that this poem does have many dream-like characteristics. I also like your scenario that his dellusional mind could be responsible for these rantings.

The unreliable narrator can definitely be applied to "The Raven". Good show, Lori.

Could you perhaps add a link to where you have some research on the whole suicide claim you made? That would add more credibility to this entry beyond your own conjectures.

Posted by: Amanda at October 9, 2004 10:26 AM

Heya Lori...wow you sound like me at first glance over the Raven. I thought it was dumb and I have never cared for Poe. However, Katie L. from class really opened my eyes to the poem in a sense. She compared the Raven to the film, The Crow. If you want to read what she wrote, here is her URL for the blog entry: http://blogs.setonhill.edu/KatherineLambert/004936.html

Though I saw bits and pieces of the Crow, and appreciated it, it still doesn't make me wanna bust out my copy of The Raven and re-read it! :-P

I hope I made a smidgen of sense. ;)

Posted by: Rowdy at October 9, 2004 08:18 PM
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