The Raven

| | Comments (0)
"But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of your--
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of your
Meant in croaking "Nevermore." (p. 4)

In this passage it appears Poe is entranced or overcome with what the Raven means by saying "Nevermore," almost causing him to laugh as though he were insane. But with all of the horrible things he has to call the bird why is he trying to be closer to it?

"Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by angels whose faint foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
"Wretch," I cried, "they God hath lent thee -- by these angels he hath sent thee
Respite - respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, of quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!"
Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." (p. 4)

Lenore is obviously a great love that has been lost by break up or death. (I assume death because of Poe's description of the angels.) Poe's grief has him blaming the angels and "thy God" for his pain. But it seems like he is almost comforted by the sadness because he isn't making any attempts to move on, just staring at the raven  and allowing his mind and his thoughts to take him where ever they may go.


Leave a comment


Type the characters you see in the picture above.