Edgar Allan Poe's narrative poem, "The Raven", is told by a man sitting alone in his room. Late one night, he hears a tapping sound at his door. At first he thinks it is merely someone coming to visit him. Instead of opening the door, he begins to reminisce on his lost love, Lenore, who has recently died. Finally, the man begins to fear what is on the other side of the door. When he works up the courage to open the door, all he sees is darkness.
The narrator continues to hear the tapping, so he checks the window. In flies a raven who lands on a sculpture of Athena above his door. The narrator asks the raven what its name is. The raven answers, "Nevermore" (line 48). He then muses that "on the morrow he will leave" like everyone else in his life (line 59). Again, the raven answers with "Nevermore" (line 60). This is the only word the raven speaks to the narrator.
Eventually, the narrator begins to ask the raven about Lenore. When he asks if Lenore is in Heaven, the raven repeats, "Nevermore" (line 90). This angers the narrator who then yells "Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" (line 97). The raven does not move. The narrator realizes that the bird will never leave because it represents his memory of Lenore which will also never leave him.
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