The Raven

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  • Introduction: A man, who has been mourning the loss of a loved one, is napping within his chamber. "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary... " "While I nodded nearly napping."
  • Conflict: The mourning man hears a knocking on his door at a very late hour of the night. At first, he believes that it is the wind, but it turns out to be a raven. "'Tis the wind and nothing more!' Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter, in there stepped a stately Raven.."
  • Rising Action: The mysterious Raven flies into his chamber and perched upon a bust of Pallas. Then with every statement or question the man gives the bird, it continues to reply with "Nevermore." "Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wondering from the Nightly shore-Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
  • "Nevermore."
  • Climax: Around the middle of the poem, he still tries to cling to the hope that his lost lover will return, that this Raven is sent from the angels. That it is the answer to all of his questions. " .. by these angels he hath sent thee... tell me- tell me, I implore."
  • "Nevermore."
  • Falling Action: With each time the Raven replies," Nevermore," he falls deeper into his mourning of his deceased lover. He just wants the Raven to leave him alone to his thoughts, or give him any other response. "Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door! Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!"
  • "Nevermore."
  • Resolution: In the end, he realizes that the Raven is his part of his mind realizing that his lover isn't coming back, that he has no more hope to cling on to. That he will never be happy in physical life. "And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming... And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor. Shall be lifted- nevermore!"
  • "Nevermore."
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