the prophet bird

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!—
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted—
On this home by Horror haunted—tell me truly, I implore—
Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”


Excerpt The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe


Graphic - Allen Williams

Gamaun, The Prophetic Bird, by Viktor M. Vasnetsov, c.1897.

The Gamayun is a bird of prophecy; having the head of a woman. The creature is prominent in Russian folklore, symbolizing wisdom and divination. She lives on an island in the east, close to the Garden of Eden. The Gamayun knows everything in the world and can predict the future. In Slavic Mythology, the creation myth was originally recanted through Gamayun’s song. Related to the Siren, the Gamayun is also able to charm humans with her voice, and is believed to be descended from Archangels.

A theory on Raven Branwen’s semblance

Gonna put this under a cut because it’ll be kind of long. Also, I’m a history major, so I apologize if this sounds a bit “academic”.

I read somewhere that Raven could be compared to Cassandra, the seer that was cursed to tell the future, but have no one believe her. But what if that was partially true?

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Daily Monster 236: Byangoma

Region of origin: Bangladesh

Creatures from Bengali folklore and fairy tales, the byangoma were prophetic birds capable of imparting knowledge of the future to those they deemed worthy or wholesome. In some stories they could speak directly to the person, in others they sang as a bird is wont to do and those hearing it received a vision of their fate.

Raven Reyes reciting the Raven

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil! –
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted –
On this home by Horror haunted – tell me truly, I implore –
Is there – is there balm in Gilead? – tell me – tell me, I implore
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

When Raven started quoting the Raven my literary heart may have possibly lunged into my throat.  And while she was muttering this stanza the last two lines were what she kept repeating. 

To break it down if you’re unfamiliar with the poem. On this home by Horror haunted, so there we have the speaker of the poem stating how completely alone they are in their loneliness. We’re reminded of the absolute misery that clings to them.

Now the Balm in Gilead line, the actual literal balm is supposed to have healing properties and was to be the salvation of the people of Israel. It is also a reference to Jeremiah from the Old testament. When he asks this question it is meant as a plea for a semblance of hope.  

The Raven in turn simply replies that there is no hope. There is no way to save the speaker from their pain. 

But get this the pain the speaker is talking about … it’s the pain of memories. 

And I just think that was brilliant! Because Raven wanted to be free of her pain. She wanted to be able to go on with her life and be useful and not have to deal with what has happened to her. But once she is able to rid herself of this pain, she realizes that she has also essentially rid herself of who she is as a person. 

Raven who was originally the speaker has become the Raven. She’s the one now stating “There is no hope that your memories will ever stop hurting you. There is no magic way to heal yourself of pain. You can’t be rid of your pain.” 

Raven Reyes is the strongest person on this show and I am always blown away when I’m reminded of it. 

I Saw A Raven For The Very First Time In My Entire Life 

   “…Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!—prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us—by that God we both adore—
   Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
   It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.”
           Quoth the Raven “Nevermore… ”

-Edgar Allan Poe