The Raven Lesson Plans
by Edgar Allan Poe

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The Raven: Questions and Writing Assignment

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Analysis Questions:

  • What point of view is used in this poem?
  • Characterize the narrator’s state of mind…find 2 pieces of evidence to support this claim
  • Find 5 descriptive words about the Raven from the poem.
  • Based on descriptions of the bird, what can the Raven symbolize?
  • Why does Poe choose to use a Raven in this poem and not a Sparrow or a Parrot?
  • How is the Raven sitting on the bust of Athena symbolic?
  • Find one line containing internal rhyme and write it here:
  • Find one line containing alliteration and write it here:
  • Name one allusion to Greek mythology in the poem:
  • Why does Poe use that specific allusion?
  • Name one Biblical allusion in the poem:
  • Why does Poe use that specific allusion?
  • What is the TONE of the poem?
  • How does Poe create the tone? (diction, imagery, figurative language) and give 2 examples.
  • MOOD is how YOU feel while reading the poem: What is the MOOD of this poem?
  • How does Poe create the mood?
  • Some people claim that the narrator of the poem has dreamed this entire episode. What evidence can you find of this?
  • Some people claim that the narrator of the poem has gone mentally insane. What evidence can you find of this?
  • What do you think? Is the narrator dreaming, mentally unstable or just filled with grief?

Writing Assignment:

  • You will write a 6-line stanza imitating the 2nd stanza of “The Raven”. In this stanza, you will follow Poe’s rhyme scheme, rhythm, alliteration and pattern of repetition of words or phrases.
  • This stanza should be about sadness…what makes you sad? Whatdo you to feel better when you are sad? Be sure to create a MELANCHOLY, FORLORN, LUGUBRIOUS, HEARTBROKEN, MOURNFUL, PENSIVE, GLOOMY TONE!! You can do this through your word choice and the words that you choose to repeat.

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This an assignment focusing on Poe's use of allusions, tone, and other stylistic choices he made while writing this poem.