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What is the setting of the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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cjcampini | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 18, 2010 at 6:43 AM via web

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What is the setting of the poem "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe?

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lynnebh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 18, 2010 at 7:38 AM (Answer #1)

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The poem takes place in a young man's room or study in his home, at night. It must be late at night because the young man is drowsy. He is perusing some old books, perhaps history books, or ancient texts of some type. He refers to them as "quaint and curious volumes of forgotten lore" so perhaps he is reading The Iliad or The Odessey (I'm extrapolating here).

He must be bored, because he starts to fall asleep

While I nodded, nearly napping

When suddenly, he hears a tapping "at his chamber door." He thinks it is the wind, "and nothing more," but it continues, and finally THE RAVEN flies in and freaks him out.

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