The Raven Lesson Plans
by Edgar Allan Poe

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1. Describe the setting of the poem as it is established in the first two stanzas. How does the setting complement the narrator’s physical and emotional state?

The setting is a night in “bleak December”; the time is midnight, a “dreary” time long before sunrise. The fire is dying, the embers throwing shadows on the floor. The narrator is “weak and weary,” consumed by sorrow and emotionally overwrought, feeling as bleak and dreary as the dark December night.

2. What kind of books has the narrator been reading? What does his description of the books imply about their content? Why might he choose to read them?

The narrator has been reading “quaint and curious” volumes of “forgotten lore.” The description suggests the books deal with odd and unusual practices not commonly known or understood, practices that may relate to the occult. Feeling deep sorrow because Lenore has died, he may be searching for a supernatural means to communicate with her.

About this Document

eNotes lesson plans have been written, tested, and approved by working classroom teachers. The main components of each poem lesson plan are the following:

  • Common Core standards
  • Summary of the poem
  • Objectives
  • Discussion and writing questions
  • Vocabulary exercise
  • Study questions about the poem
  • A multiple-choice quiz

Each plan is divided into a teacher and a student edition. The teacher edition provides complete answer keys.