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Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore!
” This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore! Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning, Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
Through ‘The Raven’, Poe exemplifies the human need to constantly and knowingly put oneself to torture.
The student is also further anguished by his inability to make sense out of the bird’s nonsensical issue.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.And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me – filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating, “‘Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; This it is, and nothing more.”Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, “Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is 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.Furthermore, the name of the woman the student loved, Lenore, also produces a similar sound.The repetition of the same note, over and over again, puts the lover to a path of self-inflicted torture.Instead of finding peace in just embracing the wonderment of not knowing something, we have to have knowledge, breaking the magic. Our experienced writers have been analyzing poetry since they were college students, and they enjoy doing it.They will gladly analyze anything from Shakespeare to modern authors and you will have time to deal with other assignments!Poe decided to use a raven because it fulfilled his need for a nonsensical creature to repeat the ominous word and could also stand for the speaker as an omen of death (Poe).The raven is also an ordinary bird and adds to the overall mundane back story of this psychological otherworldly tale.The ambiguity of the chosen symbols combines the dramatic feel with a sense of the ordinary to create the desired effect on the reader.The most obvious symbol in the poem is the raven itself.