Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven

(3148 words)

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is unquestionably one of the most famous American poems of all time. That “Ghastly grim and ancient raven” (47) has pervaded the American imagination so thoroughly that it is almost impossible to find an artistic rendering of or reference to Poe without his most renowned creation; in fact, 2014 saw the unveiling of a new Poe statue in Boston featuring an enormously oversized raven, wings outstretched, accompanying Poe in his mad dash from the city of his birth. Easily memorized by both children and actors, the poem and its singsong trochaic meter has been celebrated, criticized, and parodied by everyone from Ralph Waldo Emerson, who famously called Poe “the jingle man&…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Citation:
McQuillan, Jennifer . "The Raven". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 January 2015
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7527, accessed 31 July 2015.]