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The Raven: Introduction
The Raven: Plot Summary
The Raven: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Raven: Themes
The Raven: Quotes
The Raven: Characters
The Raven: Symbols
The Raven: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Edgar Allan Poe
Historical Context of The Raven
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- Full Title: The Raven
- When Written:January 29th, 1845
- Where Written:Unknown
- When Published:January 29th, 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror
- Literary Period:Romantic, Early Victorians
- Genre: Narrative poem
- Setting: The narrator’s home on a midnight in December
- Climax: As the narrator tells us at the conclusion of the poem, the Raven remains in his home, possibly forever.
- Antagonist: The Raven
- Point of View: The poem is told from the point of view of the narrator.
Extra Credit for The Raven
Archrival. Poe and literary critic Rufus Griswold were often in literary conflict. Griswold had the last word, writing an obituary of Poe that portrayed the author as an insane alcoholic.
Harsh critic. Poe had a reputation for condemning other writers in his reviews — notably, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, whom Poe accused of being a plagiarist.