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Edgar Poe

            A line of poetry that I find particularly memorable comes from Edgar Allen Poe's poem, The Raven. "Quoth the Raven "Nevermore"" is the line that I find the most memorable to the overall effectiveness of the poem.
             Poe decided he wanted to write a poem with a depressed effect the reader could interpret. He then decided that it would be reinforced by the word "Nevermore" and that a raven would say the word. Poe then decided that the poem's subject would be the most depressing subject in the world: a lover's grief for a beautiful woman who has died.
             The Raven answers "Nevermore" to the student who takes the simplistic and customary word and turns it into an answer with much meaning. The student foolishly carries on a conversation with the bird. Perhaps the student was blinded to the fact that whatever he asked the Raven, the answer from it would be "Nevermore". In his infinite ignorance the student holds the Raven in high regards as he would a spiritual or significant symbol that provides the answers to his quandaries. As the story goes on the Raven keeps answering "Nevermore" which is driving the student mad because the raven speaks of what the student does not want to hear: the student's love of the late Lenore. .
             Years after Poe published The Raven he wrote an essay describing how he composed the poem. He described the way he wrote the poem was as if he was solving a mathematical problem. Poe incorporated the refrain, to be said over and over again, before he even wrote the poem. I find "Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore"" important to the rest of the poem because it means the most to people who are reading it. When you ask someone about Edgar Allen Poe's, The Raven, one of the only lines in the poem the people remember is the Raven quoting, "Nevermore". For someone to remember the most important and effective part of a story or poem is the goal that the author strives to achieve whenever he or she writes.

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