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Soon after his birth in Boston, Massachusetts, Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) lost both of his parents. The young Poe went to live with a couple from Virginia, where he went to school and eventually to college. Poe only briefly attended university before dropping out to embark on a short-lived stint in the military. While still quite young, Poe published his first book of poems, Tamerlane, and discovered that in writing, he had found direction for his life. Poe began to produce short stories and non-fiction prose for various publications in New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. Over the years, his work enjoyed increasing popularity. In the 1830s, Poe wrote many of his most famous works, including some of the very first examples of detective fiction, a genre that he is credited with inventing. His gothic tales of murder and mystery, among them The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Masque of the Red Death, thrilled readers in America and Europe. Poe’s poetry was also well received in his lifetime, and he published what is perhaps his most famous poem, The Raven, in 1845. Almost as if it was a strange tale of his own making, Poe’s untimely death continues to be the subject of much speculation to this day. In the middle of the night in October of 1849, Poe was found wandering the streets of Baltimore in a delirious and weakened state. Wearing clothes that did not belong to him and calling out to an unidentified person named “Reynolds,” Poe died in a Baltimore hospital a few days later. Poe’s legend lives on today, with readers all over the world delighting in his enigmatic and haunting tales and devoted fans regularly paying their respects at his gravesite in Baltimore.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Only this, and nothing more."
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Nameless here for evermore.
This it is, and nothing more."
Reviewed by jameswhite5555 on Nov 9, 2012
This was a very disturbing and yet very entertaining story.
Reviewed by rricha2861 on Feb 14, 2010
Definitely the work of a deranged drug addict. Love it!
Well worth the quick read, especially during a thunderstorm.
Reviewed by kanahiibara on Feb 17, 2009
Longing to Hear
I love this poem... It brings to mind how willing an empty soul can be to listen when longing to be filled...
Reviewed by rezzy7 on Dec 23, 2008
Memories of our one and only can be spoken through the beak and feather of animals that still prey on the warmth and affection of humans forever more
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Ratings for 'The Raven' by Poe, Edgar Allan