My first impressions of this poem were of “The Raven” was confused. It makes me feel surprised, yet, at the same time, perplexed. A line that especially evokes the first feeling for me is, ““Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore—
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.” The other feeling of perplexed arises when I read the line(s), “I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you”—here I opened wide the door;—
Darkness there and nothing more”. Perhaps because someone was knocking yet no one was at the door which makes me perplexed. But the thing is that the knocking was consisted.
What I know about the situation – what’s happening in the poem – is that the dude who is talking is slowly becoming crazy due to the raven that is talking and saying “nevermore”. What I know about the speaker is that they are the kind of person who are scared of what they don’t understand. This is suggested by the line ““Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!—
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted—
On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore—
Is there—”. The speaker seems to be speaking to himself, and perhaps to the raven. I say this because He is alone and is trying to prove to himself that he is sane when he calls the raven the devil. The poem doesn’t seem to spring from a particular historical moment. The poem revolves around several themes, including suffering and fear. If this poem were a question, the answer would be “that the Raven is the reaper that is going after this man.” If it were an answer, question would be “What is the Ravens purpose?” The title suggests The raven will play a big part of this poem. The poem’s form is a narrative. This form is a vehicle for the content of the poem. If the poem were a Sestina, it would not guide me toward an understanding of the poem’s meaning. A narrative explains its meaning by showing how the event the speaker takes affect him by making him seem insane.Tags: Harvest Collegiate High School
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