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Revisiting Poe’s ‘The Raven’

Edgar Allan Poe‘s, The Raven, might be one of his most famous poems. Because of its dark tone, many actors have recited the poem and many renditions of it have been performed.

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The Raven is the epitome of Poe’s sullen and mysterious poetry. It is one that requires you to read out loud, because you cannot get the full effect without hearing it.

Poe, regarded as a lead figure in the Romanticism movement in the United States, has penned many poems of mystery, lost loves, woe, and short stories with the same themes. According to poets.org, “His stories mark him as one of the originators of both horror and detective fiction. Many anthologies credit him as the “architect” of the modern short story. He was also one of the first critics to focus primarily on the effect of style and structure in a literary work; as such, he has been seen as a forerunner to the “art for art’s sake” movement.”

Thanks to David Pelham and Chrisopher Wormell, a pop-up book of The Raven is now available. This book allows you to interact with the poem by picking up the flaps to reveal the words. Its illustrations present the darkness that surrounds the poem and enables a hands-on approach to poetry. 

 

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