The Raven Study Guide

The Raven Study Guide

Original title:
The Raven
Published April 25th 1996 by Dover Publications (first published 1844)
ISBN 0486290727 (ISBN13: 9780486290720)

Edgar Allan Poe wrote “The Raven” in 1845. It is cited and recognized for many reasons, including its style, melodically composed text and ambiance. Inside the book, there are many reflections of folk culture, religious symbols, Antique characters and classical plots. 

At first, the reader finds himself in a middle of a dark room late at night. There’s a man who is lamenting over his beloved Lenore who is no longer with him. With the best traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, the most interesting things start with a knock on the door. 

When the man finds nothing behind the door, he blames it on the weather. All of the sudden a raven appears. And it’s not an ordinary raven – it can talk and think. Without any hesitation, the man continues a conversation with the bird. The bird keeps repeating “Nevermore” and this will become the slogan of the whole book. 

The questions of the protagonist reveal his life story and the pain he is carrying inside himself. It doesn't matter that we will never find out his name or origins – at the end of the book, it feels like we know so well the character that is asking questions and getting nothing more than “Nevermore” from the raven. 

It is a very logical and well-thought poem, it entertains the mind as well as the mood. Being a narrative poem, it has lots of comprehensive lines that all match by a certain algorithm. And the lining between these lines is the melancholy and sentimental feelings of the protagonist. 

The text that is supposed to be terrifying is actually beautiful inside and outside. Its rhythm and its content make the reader think about things we don’t normally think about. The sorrow of the story is in an immense nostalgia and pain for the lost love. 

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