“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary…”
So begins one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous works, “The Raven.” This poem tells the tale of a man who is visited by a talking raven, who only speaks one unsettling word again and again. As the narrator gradually descends into insanity, the reader is filled with a sense that this raven is a symbol for something larger than life itself.
THIS POEM IS FANTASTIC.
The structure of the poem itself was just amazing. The rhyme scheme was absolutely brilliant, and the lines flowed seamlessly from one to the next. It was a poetry lover’s paradise.
This poem has so much potential for symbolism, metaphors, and analysis that I could probably spend days rambling on about what it all really means. There is a feeling of despair, of loss of control, of the inevitability of heartache and sorrow. The cryptic message that the raven ceaselessly repeats- NEVERMORE- can be interpreted in a number of ways, which is one of the things I love about this poem. I think everyone can connect to it in some way because we have all felt a sense of longing and being lost before.
OH, IT’S SO GOOD.
This dark, unsettling, beautifully written poem will leave you wanting to read it again and again and again. It was an incredible way to end my Poevember reading, and I am so glad that I saved this one for last. I highly, highly, highly recommend it!
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