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  • The Raven

    Author: Edgar Allan Poehttp://www.benrey.com/birds/raven.gif

  • Edgar Allan Poehttp://www.bc.edu/schools/cas/english/poe-events.html

  • AssumptionsAfter looking at Poes picture, or thinking about any previous knowledge you have on Poe, give me some adjectives that describe his personality.

  • What do you want to learn about Poe?Fill in the first two sections of your KWL chart now.

  • Overview of Edgar Allan PoePoe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, MassachusettsHis mother, Elizabeth Poe, died shortly after in 1811.Poe was taken in at the age of 2 by an affluent tobacco merchant and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. John Allan.The Allans baptize Poe as Edgar Allan Poe on January 7, 1812.Poe moved to England with the Allans and attended school there.


  • Poe continuedIn 1820 Poe returned to the United States. In 1826 he enrolled at the University of Virginia, where he became estranged from his foster father after accumulating gambling debts.Unable to pay off his debts or support himself, Poe dropped out of school and joined the United States Army. In 1827 Poe paid to have his first collection of poems published Tamerlane and Other Poems.http://www.webenglishteacher.com/poe-bio.html

  • Poe continuedOn May 16, 1836 Poe, age 27, marries his cousin Virginia Clemm. Clemm is thirteen.Virginia dies of tuberculosis in January 1847. Poe becomes very depressed and starts drinking heavily, leading to debt, illness, and ostracizing from society.October 3, 1849, Poe is found unconscious on the streets of Baltimore. He is taken to a hospital and dies on October 7, 1849 at the age of 40. No one knows the exact cause of his death.


  • The RavenFirst published in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845The poem was an instant sensation, and brought Poe critical acclaim.http://jesusangelortega.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/paul_gustave_dore_raven141.jpg

  • Test Your Knowledge!!Vocabulary:1. What is an assumption?Answer: The act of taking something for granted or supposing.What does affluent mean?Answer: Having an abundance of wealth, property, or other material goods.

  • Test Your Knowledge!!Vocabulary:3. What does estranged mean?Answer: Displaying or evincing a feeling of alienation; alienated.4. What does ostracizing mean?Answer: To exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.

  • Test Your Knowledge!!Vocabulary:5. What does acclaim mean?Answer: To welcome or salute with shouts or sounds of joy or approval.6. Using the definition of acclaim what do you think critical acclaim means?

  • Test Your Knowledge!!Edgar Allan Poe7. When and where was Poe born?

    January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Test Your Knowledge!!Edgar Allan Poe8. Who did Poe live with after his mother died?

    Mr. & Mrs. John Allan

  • Test Your Knowledge!!Edgar Allan Poe9. True or False:Poe and Mr. Allan had a close relationship.


  • Test Your Knowledge!!Edgar Allan Poe10. What was Poes wifes name and how old was she when they married?

    Virginia Clemm; 13 years old

  • Test Your Knowledge!!The Raven11. When and where was The Raven first published?

    The New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845

  • Test Your Knowledge!!The Raven12. True or False Edgar Allan Poe experienced critical acclaim while he was still alive.


  • What have you learned about Poe?Fill in the last section of your KWL chart now.

  • Want to Know More?Read The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allan PoeExplore the haunting illustrations by Gustave Dore http://www.danshort.com/raven/ Research http://www.danshort.com/raven/ for more information on Poe and his works.

    **EXTRA CREDIT**- Research information on The Raven and share it with the class tomorrow.

  • Coming Up* Listen to The Raven

    * Check out The Raven: The Interactive Study Resource and study the poem.http://www.teachersfirst.com/share/raven/start-fl.html

    Watch two versions of The Raven Compare and Contrast

    * Work in groups to reenact The Raven