- Stories and Poems of
Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven (1845) gave Poe his first major success as a writer. Poe's purpose
for writing this poem was simple. He wanted to show his readers a mind filled
with "fantastic terrors."
- 1. lorefacts, stories, beliefs.
- 2. entreatingasking for.
- 3. implorebeg.
- 4. peeringlooking carefully.
- 5. obeisancebow or curtsy.
- 6. mienthe appearance.
- 7. beguilingdeceiving.
- 8. countenanceface.
- 9. cravencoward.
- 10. marvelledwas amazed.
- 11. relevancyrelationship to the matter at hand.
- 12. placidcalm.
- 13. burdenchorus or refrain.
- 14. betookstarted.
- 15. ominousfateful.
- 16. ghastly, gauntshockingly thin.
- 17. diviningdiscovering.
- 18. censerjar or bowl for burning incense.
- 19. respiterest, relief.
- 20. quaffdrink deeply.
- 21. quothsaid.
- 22. tempeststorm.
- 23. plumefeather.
Answer the Questions to Consider in the book as a way to deepen
your interpretation of the selection.
1. Describe the poem's narrator and the scene as the poem opens.
2. How does the narrator react when he finds no one at his chamber door?
3. Describe the raven. What do you think that the raven symbolizes? Explain.
4. What significance does the raven have in the narrator's life?