Analysis of The Raven's Eternal Plight: A Dark Ode to Love and Fate
But the Raven's words, so dark and dreary, left my heart aching and sore
For they spoke of death and sorrow, of a love forever gone
And the finality of fate, that our lives are but a song
With a voice that echoed through the ages, the Raven spoke of Dante's plight
Of the journey through the circles, where the damned are doomed to fight
Of the souls trapped in the Inferno, and the ones who reach the skies
Of the eternal punishment and the eternal paradise
I longed to join the journey, to witness the eternal fate
To see if love endures, or if it's but a fleeting state
To see if the Raven's words were true, or if they were just a lie
But alas, I knew my fate, for I was doomed to die
So I stood there, staring at the Raven, with its eyes so dark and deep
And I knew that I had reached the end, and that my soul would soon to reap
For the Raven had spoken truth, and the truth was harsh and grim
And in that moment, I knew that my life was but a whim
But even as I faced my end, I couldn't help but wonder
If there was something more, if there was something asunder
For though the Raven's words were true, they left my heart in doubt
For if love endures, then what is life all about?
So I asked the Raven one last time, before my soul would flee
"Is there something more, is there something that I should see?"
And the Raven replied, in its voice so dark and low
"There is nothing more, for death is the end, and love is but a show."
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|Closest metre||Iambic octameter|
|Stanza Lengths||3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4|
|Letters per line (avg)||48|
|Words per line (avg)||13|
|Letters per stanza (avg)||185|
|Words per stanza (avg)||48|
About this poem
In this continuation of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven," the narrator is faced with the harsh reality of death and the finality of fate as revealed by the Raven. The Raven speaks of Dante's journey through the circles of Hell, highlighting the eternal punishment and paradise of the souls. The narrator longs to join this journey, to witness the eternal fate and understand if love truly endures or if it is just a fleeting state. However, the narrator realizes that they are doomed to die and must face their own mortality. Despite the truth of the Raven's words, the narrator cannot help but wonder if there is something more to life, something beyond what is revealed to them. In their final moments, the narrator asks the Raven one last time if there is something more to see, but the Raven's reply is that death is the end and love is nothing but a show. The poem leaves the reader with a sense of longing for something greater and a questioning of the true meaning of life and love. more »
Submitted by Mawphniang_Napoleon on January 24, 2023
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