The theme of this poem is dreary and depressed. The narrators begins by describing his mental state as "weak and weary," and continues throughout the poem missing his Lenore. "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary..." (Poe, 312).
Supernatural or otherworldly elements
The setting of this poem is late at night in the home of the narrator. Specifically it takes place around midnight, in the chamber of the speaker. ""Tis some visitor, " I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door..." (Poe, 312)
Character in psychological torment
The creepy symbol of this poem is the raven. The raven taps on the speakers window and then flies in when the window opens. It speaks and begins tormenting the narrator. "This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing to the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;" (Poe, 315)
The narrator asks the raven what its name is, and from name of its master is from the Plutonian "underworld." "Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore-tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore! (Poe, 314)
The speaker begins to feel weary about the raven's presence by calling it a "Wretch," and indicating that God has sent it and later asks for nepenthe, which is a drug used to relieve sorrow. "Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee-by these angels he hath sent thee. Respite-respite and nepenthe from they memories of Lenore; Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!" (Poe, 315).
The narrator becomes upset that the raven won't leave, and his depression deepens. The raven sits above the chamber door. "And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting on the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door; And his eyes have all the seeming of a demons that is dreaming and the lamp-lighto'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor; and my sould from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor..." (Poe, 317)