Nevermore imagines Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven,” a classic of American dark romanticism. Unlike his puritanical predecessors or Transcendentalists peers, Poe ventured toward the dark recesses of the human mind, and the view that human existence is burdened, if not defined, by longing, sin, and sorrow, and the desire to simultaneously remember and repress the past.
In the poem, an unnamed man is haunted by his lover’s death, she who is Nameless here for evermore. He receives an unexpected night visit from a Raven – grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous – Poe’s animal equivalent of the psyche. The black bird repeatedly responds to each of his inquiries, “Nevermore,” offering neither explanation nor consolation.
Nevermore revels in a suspended state of existence – forever acknowledging a past yet denying it passage, and rejecting the impulse for easy causal explanations for incomprehensible events and phenomenon.