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1. In Poe's "The Raven," the narrator tells a story about himself that took place within his private chamber. At the very start of the poem, what does the narrator describe his emotional state as?
2. What was the narrator pondering over?
3. The narrator is startled to hear a tapping noise. From where does he think that he hears this tapping?
4. "The Raven's" second stanza continues to describe the poem's setting and mood. In what month does the narrator recall that the events of the poem took place?
5. As the second stanza continues, Poe has the narrator reveal to us the reason for his great sorrow.
6. Poe opens the third stanza through the use of a most ingenious poetic style:
"And the silken sad uncertain rustling..."
Each of these last four words contain a clear "s" sound; and, when the four words are read in order, it produces a mournful eerie sound like the blowing of the wind. What is the name of this poetic technique?
7. The narrator tells of being "filled with fantastic terrors never felt before"; but, then his "soul grew stronger." What action, in the fourth stanza, does the narrator take?
8. "Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before"
Poe, has his narrator bravely stare into that unknown horror that so often confronts humanity. In his desperation, he dreams of "dreams no mortal ever dared dream before..." But still, even by looking right into the terror of the darkness, the poor narrator is left dissatisfied. What is the only word spoken and heard within this terrible darkness?
9. Back into his chamber the narrator turns, with "all my soul within me burning,"
clearly this sad and exhausted man at the start of the poem is now wide awake and is feeling wild and powerful emotions.
Again he hears the tapping even "louder than before." What does this cause the narrator to do?
10. A raven enters the narrator's room and perches upon a bust of Pallas; who is Pallas?
11. What response does the raven initially cause the narrator to have?
12. What did the narrator then ask of the raven?
13. After pondering the purpose of this bird what is the next action that the narrator takes?
14. As the narrator continues to puzzle over this raven he remembers his Lenore that he had been so missing. He connects her to the raven's word "nevermore" as he grows angry at the bird. What word does he first call the raven in his fury?
15. The narrator in desperation asks the raven "is there balm in Gilead?" From where did Poe get this question?
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