Summary.It is midnight on a cold evening in December in the 1840s. In a dark and
shadowy bedroom, wood burns in the fireplace as a man laments the death of
Lenore, a woman he deeply loved. To occupy his mind, he reads a book of ancient
stories. But a tapping noise disturbs him. When he opens the door to the
bedroom, he sees nothing–only darkness. When the tapping persists, he opens the
shutter of the window and discovers a raven, which flies into the room and
lands above the door on a bust of Athena (Pallas in the poem), the goddess of
wisdom and war in Greek mythology. It says “Nevermore” to all his thoughts and
longings. The raven, a symbol of death, tells the man he will never again
("nevermore") see his beloved, never again hold her–even in heaven.
GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education). In the UK except Scotland, a qualification in a specific subject typically taken by school students aged 14–16, at a level below A level. The equivalent in Scotland is Standard Grade.
a GCSE exam or pass "you need five GCSEs" An Inspector Calls (Complete BBC Edition, Bernard Hepton, 1982) by JB Priestley: