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The Raven Vocabulary
Transcript of The Raven Vocabulary
Project by: Rachle Toole, Allie Kantor, Nina Kesava, and Lily Harvey
Edgar Allan Poe will be be discussing with you today all the riveting vocabulay he uses in The Raven. He's time traveled from 1884 just to talk to you. He will define the words, explain why he used them, and as a fianl wrap up segment talk about how to identify the meaning of words in text. Thank you, and please direct your attention to Mr. Poe.
Ponder (Verb)- to reflect deeply on a subject
This word was used to show the main character was not just thinking randomly, but quite intently on one topic.
Quaint (Adjective)- strange in a pleasing way
Shows the information he was reading was unusual but intriging.
Chamber (Noun)- room primarily used for sleeping
Used to tell the reader it is late at night (sleeping room) which creates a spookier setting.
Mutter (V.)- talk indistictivly, or in a low voice
Used to show that the man was alone and talking to himself, which lead the readers to infer he was a little weird in the head.
Bleak (Adj.)- unpleasantly cold or wet
Describes the setting to make the mood more omnious.
Wrought (Adj.)- shaped to fit by altering the contours of a pliable mass
It describes how the embers of the fire were going out, which means the chamber (setting) was becoming darker/gloomier.
Radiant (Adj.)- emanating/giving off light
To show how divine and exquisite the angel, Lenore, truly was.
Entreat (V.)- ask for, request earnestly
Used to tell that the visitor is wanting desperatly to be let into the chamber.
Hesitate (V.)- pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
Used to tell the reader how the man is unsure whether to acknowledge the visitor, for the visitor could be scary (he is showing up very late at night).
Implore (V.)- call upon in supplication
Used to show how the man doesn't want to offend his midnight visitor (implores his forgiveness).
Scarce (Adj.)- deficent in quatity or number compared with demand
Used to show the low volume of the his voice, the man barley heard the visitor.
Explore (V.)- travel or penetrate into
Used to show he was really looking into something, not just peeking at it.
Stately (Adj.)- of size and dignity suggestive of a statue
Used to show how amazing the statue was.
Mien (Noun)- a person's apperance, manner, or demeanor
Sets an old fashioned spooky mood.
Beliguiling (Adj.)- misleading by means of pleasant or alluring methods
Shows how the bird made him smile, and was compelled to do certain things.
Stern (Adj.)- of strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
Shows how angry the man spoke.
Ghastly (Adj.)- shocking repellent; inspiring horror
How ugly the raven was.
Ungainly (Adj.)- lacking grace in movement or posture
To show that raven was clumsy, not like a graceful swan.
Placid (Adj.) - free from disturbance by heavy waves
Used to show that the Raven was sitting at ease and not creating "waves" or a fuss.
Utter (V.)- to express in speech
To show that bird has spoken the word "Nevermore." This is quite impressive for a bird to say, so he uses utter because it has been expressed as speech.
Apt (Adj.)- being of striking pertinence
To describe that the bird's reply was suitable and perfect for the situation.
Melancholy (Adj.)- grave or even gloomy in character
To create a sad, somber mood. The bird says nevermore sadly. The author is a mysterious, gloomy man, who wants to create this type of feeling for the reader.
Ominous (Adj.)- threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
Shows how the raven posesses evil (it's a bad omen).
Engage (V.)- consume all of ones attention or time
The man was very perplexed and trying very hard to comprehend why the bird says nevermore.
Gloat (V.)- dwell on with satisfaction
The lamplight complimented the velvet cushion's lining and showcased its glory.
Seraph (N.)- an angel of the first order
To show that the raven had somehow brought an angel into the chamber.
Enchanted (Adj.)- influenced by charms of incantations
Describes the land as magical, and that the raven must leave it.
Balm (Adj.)- an aromatic resinous substance used for healing or soothing
Shows the man is asking if there is medicine in this tree (Gilead). He wants the raven, a possibly divine being, to answer him. (Maybe the man needs medicine to heal or the man wants it to become wealthly)
Laden (Adj.)- burdened psychologically or mentally
The raven is asked to tell the soul, who is laden, that it needs to find this mans lost love, Lenore's, angel.
Pallid (Adj.)- lacking in vitality or intrest of effectiveness
Describes the statue above the door as boring or plain which doesn't give it much attention, for must of the attention is towards the raven upon it.
"How to determine the meaning of unknown words"
Reading, scimming, using past knowlege to find
What the author had in mind
When he added these tricky words in
I have to see what content is used
I'll evaulate surrounding words, so I don't snooze
Try adding in a likely synonymn and see
If the sentence still makes sense to you and me
Look for prefixes and suffixes too
Determining part of the meaning is what it'll do
Have any questions about it
Don't ask the raven for all he'll spit
-Edgar Allan Poe
There is "Nothing More"