The Raven

The Raven

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by Edgar Allan Poe, Yanai Pery
     
 

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...Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"The Raven" is a classic narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The

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...Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"The Raven" is a classic narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word "Nevermore". The poem makes use of a number of folk, mythological, religious, and classical references.

Poe claimed to have written the poem very logically and methodically, intending to create a poem that would appeal to both critical and popular tastes, as he explained in his 1846 follow-up essay, "The Philosophy of Composition". The poem was inspired in part by a talking raven in the novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty by Charles Dickens. Poe borrows the complex rhythm and meter of Elizabeth Barrett's poem "Lady Geraldine's Courtship", and makes use of internal rhyme as well as alliteration throughout.

"The Raven" was first attributed to Poe in print in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845. Its publication made Poe widely popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financial success. The poem was soon reprinted, parodied, and illustrated. Critical opinion is divided as to the poem's literary status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written.

About the Author: Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 - October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. He is widely regarded as a central figure of Romanticism in the United States and American literature as a whole, and he was one of the country's earliest practitioners of the short story. Poe is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre and is further credited with contributing to the emerging genre of science fiction. He was the first well-known American writer to try to earn a living through writing alone, resulting in a financially difficult life and career.

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Price’s vision of The Raven not only haunts, but also brings Poe’s work back to life. An ideal resource for teachers and students.

Price’s illustrations make the viewer pause and consider the cracks in the narrator’s mind, and they provide glimpses into the strange, violent story behind his torment.

Price’s illustrations make the viewer pause and consider the cracks in the narrator’s mind, and they provide glimpses into the strange, violent story behind his torment.

(Price’s pictures) do a great job of evoking the brooding guilt, terror, and love in Poe’s famous poem ? lengthy appended notes will spark discussion on both the poem and the art.

(Price’s pictures) do a great job of evoking the brooding guilt, terror, and love in Poe’s famous poem ? lengthy appended notes will spark discussion on both the poem and the art.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897476994
Publisher:
Simply Read Books
Publication date:
03/15/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
531,095
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 13.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.

Meet the Author

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American writer, poet, and critic.  Best known for his macabre prose work, including the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” his writing has influenced literature in the United States and around the world.

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The Raven: Includes Sound! 4.1 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 281 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why are people calling this a book? It is one of the most famous of American poems. It is grim psychological study of the narrator's tortured state of mind. He has lost his wife and tries desperately to imagine that she will return from the dead. It is self-torrture because he knows in the deepest recess of his soul that she will not return (Nevermore). Many Biblical and mythical allusions that need to be researched and the overdone alliteration is a blsst to read over and over: uupon the pallid bust of Pallas. This was Poe's first commercisl success, if my literary history serves me correctly. And written in Phila.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this poem. I read it in class and it was very amuzing. It is about a man whose wife, Lenore, has died. While in his chamber (another word for bed) at night, he hears tapping at his door. This causes him to go a little crazy each time. Every time he opens his door, he sees nothing. Read the poem to find out the rest! I rate this poem 5 stars. It has an phenomanol word choice and flows very excellently. I hope this review is helpful! :~)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy scary classics this is the poem to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 8th grade class read this and it was quite suspenceful. I wanted to get it and found for free here. It also is quoted in Thriller by Michal Jackson. I really like Poe's work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite poem, it is a greay attention grabber I can read this poem a million times and still not get tired o it and keep rereading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this poem! I highly recommend getting this and if you are not familiar with Edgar Allan Poe, I recommend reading his other poems and short stories as well. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this poem. The plot is fasinating, with the narrator begging a raven that keeps it's perch above his chamber door to let him forget his beloved Lenore, and just pleading the raven to leave. I especially liked that, at the last line of each stanza, was a short line, each with the same amount of syllables, that ended with the syllable "more." And you can't forget to mention, the ryming was FLAWLESS. I reccoment this to anyone in search of something slightly dismal to read, but be warned: Even I had to read tthis twice to make all the syallables come together as verses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I heart this but it is scary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written story of love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boss book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much good rythme and beat
teachermsjen More than 1 year ago
I love this classic!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a really good poem,we read this in 8th grade
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edgar is the greatest poet around; he writes in unbeileveable quality. Rather than a typical poet, his poems have sentitmental meaning. Thanks, Edgar, for showing us a grand poem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best poem i ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always love reading this one. Never gets old...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Edgae allen is by far one of the best poets i have ever read. Only thin i dont get is the ravens name nevermore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good. I will write poetry todayzzz. XOXO La'sha ( Ladasha ) ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's free.   And one of the Classic Edgar Allen Poe poems!!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
:-) loved it alot
Love_to_readDS More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Powerful, exciting, a lot of interesting Thoughts in this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best poem and author ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The raven was 16 pages long. I do not like that they put a free book as wierd as that sounds. I wonder if this is the entire raven novel. Very misleading. You could just google the raven poem and probably find it for free.