I need to analyze and truly understand The Raven by E.A. Poe. I am praying that someone is willing to lend a poor college student a hand in digesting a poem of this magnitude. I have read over the poem and understand the basic concept is that the narrator is driving himself insane by longing for his deceased love Lenore. He sees the raven, which may or may not be a figment of his imagination, as a bad omen; something that is mocking him, and making him long for his dead love Lenore. I need help understanding the flow of the piece, and any aditional information or hints that can be lended. Thank you for your time.
Lucky you -- the author of the poem wrote a guide to interpreting it!
(No kidding - it's Poe's "how I wrote THE RAVEN" essay!)
After that, do a net search for "poe + raven + criticism" and you'll have lots of things to choose from.
Bug, this site may be helpful:
Perhaps the joke is on all those who try to analyze such a poem. To me, it is nothing more than EAP's mystic, spooky puffery. Perhaps what keeps the poem "famous" is that it sounds like it might have some "message" or alterior underpinnings, and for centuries peple have been at it, but beside some obvious dark symbolism... a lost love and a talking raven... "forever more..." there is nothing more to it.
Back in "the old days" this was cutting edge spookiness. Nothing like it had been seen before. Imagine the impact of a "Jason" or Stephen King movie on someone brought up on "Gidget" level movies, they'd $#!? in their pants! EAP had that kind of impact. By today's standard of spookiness, he is quite tame, and if you are trying to find some deeper philosophic message f'getaboudit... You'd have better luck with a Stephen King item.
And go here:
Elliot wrote: "Back in "the old days" this was cutting edge spookiness."
Certainly the bar has been raised -- the wrong bar, in my opinion, but raised it has been -- by subsequent masters of spooky.
HOWEVER, my 8-year-old nephew loved "The Raven" the first time he heard it, found it plenty "spooky" without being scary, and that was his first step into reading poetry for pleasure. (I mean as opposed to having it read TO him for pleasure.) So it's still a contender.
(At present, Sam's favorite poet is Lewis Carroll.)
THE RAVEN loved by an 8 year old; that is part of my point; yes, these days EAP is read for pleasure as it lacks contemparary level spookiness.
To me the spooky part is all the pseudo-literati continuing the 'flap' over deeper meanings in RAVEN. Quite funny.
Come on, people have to get tenure somehow.
Yeah, but have you ever noticed that RAVEN spelled backwards ...
Actually, it wasn't a raven, it was a black helicopter.
Oh, Pam, that explains SO MUCH!
I noticed in today's newspaper Jumble that chesil anagrams to chiles and/or chisel, if that is relevant.