Overview

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is a narrative poem first published in 1845 that unfolds as a bereaved lover, mourning his lost Lenore, is visited by a mysterious raven late at night. The bird speaks a single word—nevermore—intensifying the man's grief over lost love. Through vivid and melancholic language, Poe crafts a Gothic atmosphere, exploring themes of despair, the descent into madness, and the relentless sorrow of a broken heart. The Raven remains an enduring classic, celebrated for the psychological depth it brings to the exploration of sorrow and the mysteries of the afterlife. 

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