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Transcript of The Raven
hauntings, mysterious strangers (1949)
alliteration - repitition of initial consonant sounds (first sound in a line)
consonance - repitition of consonant sounds within the words or at the end
assonance - repitition of vowel sounds within the words
Important Literary Terms
Marking Original Burial Spot
For 60 Years, a stranger would visit his gravesite on January 19. He has been a no-show since 2010.
illustrations for "The Raven"
Westiminster Burial Ground
Edgar, Allan, & Poe
The Cask of Amontillado
The Tell-Tale Heart
The Fall of the House of Usher
The Pit and the Pendulum
The Black Cat
cause of death: unknown
Marriage: 1835, his cousin Virginia Clemm
Ages: Clemm, 13 - Poe, 26
Wife's Death: 1847
Cause: consumption / tuberculosis
January 19, 2009
"The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?"
Poe as inspiration?
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.'
Why the raven?
Why not a parrot?
End Rhyme Scheme
Point of View
What do we know so far?
How did the Baltimore Ravens get their name?
Groups: Read assigned stanzas again.
Mark words/phrases that stand out.
What do we learn?
What does it all mean? Interpret.
Be prepared to present to class.
Mental state of protagonist?
Pallas - Roman god of Virtue, Dignity, and Honor
"Seraphim," in the fourteenth verse, "perfumed by an unseen censer / Swung by seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled..." is used to illustrate the swift, invisible way a scent spreads in a room. A seraphim is one of the six-winged angels standing in the presence of God.
"Nepenthe," from the same verse, is a potion, used by ancients to induce forgetfullnes of pain or sorrow.
"Balm in Gilead," from the following verse, is a soothing ointment made in Gilead, a mountainous region of Palestine east of the Jordan river.
"Aidenn," from the sixteenth verse, is an Arabic word for Eden or paradise.
"Plutonian," characteristic of Pluto, the god of the underworld in Roman mythology.
"Incident in a Rose Garden"
Examples . . . . Support
Examples . . . Support
What is similar?
What is different?
Select 2 of the terms below and apply them to "The Raven"
What terms could we add?
What is the author's purpose?
What is he saying about life, humanity, etc.?