But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er
She shall press, ah, nevermore!
This is the revelation, the turning point of the poem. While he is sitting there, puzzling over this strange talking bird, his mind wanders for a moment to the fact that his love will never sit with him here again. It is at this point he realizes the raven is actually and truly speaking to him, telling him that he shall never see her again, even in the next life. She is gone, and forever beyond reach, and that is what the raven, messenger of death, has been sent to tell him.
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