Reviews of Raven, the (1845)
Review by cthulhu99 (2007-03-14)
The Raven is absolutely one of my favorite poems I have ever read. Poe's dark gothic mood is perfectly reflected as he laments over a dead wife, Lenore. I don't think I've ever read anything else, even by Poe, that can capture the dread and torment that the narrator's soul is experiencing. I first read this in high school as required reading, and I couldn't have been happier for it. The Raven introduced me to poetry and as of yet, I don't think I have ever found one to top it.
Review by islander255 (2007-03-05)
This is my favorite poem ever. EVER.
Okay, I admit that the first time I read it I didn't like it, but that was only because I was a freshman in 9th grade who didn't understand. However, once the teacher explained it to us, I suddenly found it great.
And, over the next two years, great became wonderful became amazing became pure, astounding, astonishing genius. The rhyme scheme and rhythm is complex, but pulled off to such perfection that it comes out very clearly to the reader. To match this, the actual story--about a mourning man who meets a symbolic raven--is unsettlingly and disturbingly powerful, not to mention highly intricate for a mere 1000 words.
I've read this poem too many times to count. And of course I have all 18 stanzas memorized. Each rereading reveals an even greater depth to this poem. It is, in my opinion, Edgar Allen Poe's greatest work.