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Introduction

So you’re going to teach Edgar Allan Poe's “The Raven." This classic poem has been a mainstay in English classes for generations. Whether it’s the first time or the hundredth time you escort students through the text, some teaching tips will help ensure that the experience is rewarding for everyone, including you. Teaching “The Raven,” especially from a new perspective, will give students insight into Poe as a poet, as well as a literary critic, and help them develop an appreciation for the artistry in the text. This guide highlights the text’s most salient aspects to keep in mind before you begin teaching.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Publication Date: 1845
  • Recommended Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Approximate Word Count: 1,100
  • Author: Edgar Allan Poe 
  • Country of Origin: United States of America 
  • Genre: Narrative Poetry, Lyric Ballad, Gothic Fiction 
  • Literary Period: 19th-Century Romanticism 
  • Conflict: Person vs. Supernatural, Person vs. Self 
  • Narration: First-Person 
  • Setting: Mansion, December, Unknown Year 
  • Structure: Trochaic Octameter, ABCBBB Rhyme Scheme 
  • Mood: Eerie, Sorrowful


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