Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door--

from Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven on Rap Genius


Pallas is another name for Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom. This further shows that the man who owns the room is a scholar and knows his classics.

The fact that the raven is perched on the bust of Pallas also suggests that the bird itself may be wise; that it may know something that the narrator does not.

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