'The Raven' by Edgar Allen Poe

Edgar Allen Poe's poem 'The Raven' is thought to be-a bit dark and depressing- by it's readers. The poem appears to be that of a man who is mourning the death of a loved one, Lenore.

"Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;- vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow- sorrow for the lost Lenore-
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
Nameless here for evermore."

During the poem, a Raven appears at Poe's door. Poe thought this raven was sent by Lenore to relay a message to him. In this final passage, Poe comes to the realization that Lenore will no longer be coming back:

"Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer Swung by Seraphim whose footfalls tinkled on the tufted floor. Wretch, I cried, thy God hath lent thee-by these angels he has sent thee
Respite- respite and nepenthe and forget thy memories of Lenore! Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore! Quoth the Raven, Nevermore."


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