About the Author

Edgar Poe was born on January 19, 1809, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of indigent actors. Poe’s father had deserted the family earlier, so at […]

Setting and Overview

OVERVIEW As usual with Poe’s poetry, and in accord with his theory, “The Raven” is not a long poem. In its 108 lines, however, are […]

Themes and Characters

As Poe proclaims in “The Philosophy of Composition,” the aim of his poem was to elevate the soul, a goal that could best be reached […]

Literary Qualities

Probably the first aspect of “The Raven” to strike most readers is the phonetic devices employed by the poet to achieve what he calls “sonorous” […]

Related Titles

Poe’s “The Philosophy of Composition” explains in detail how Poe created “The Raven.” This essay, written the year after the poem was composed, sets forth […]