Asked • 07/20/19

Did Poe plagiarise someone else's work when writing "The Raven"?

I've read that Poe's been accused of lifting significant elements from many authors including Elizabeth Barrett, Charles Dickens, Leo Penzoni, and Thomas Holley Chivers (and "unknown," of course). Since Poe himself was famous for accusing more successful poets of plagiarism, I'm inclined to think some of this is just tit for tat. Still, I'd like to know if there's anything even close to a definitive answer for any of these accusations. Can we say confidently that Poe did or did not plagiarise someone else's work when writing "The Raven"?

Stephen S.

Poe didn't write this poem at all. He merely claimed the authorship of a poem which had been submitted by someone else, and made it look as though he was the author and had published it separately under his own name. The original was written and published anonymously, as "---- Quarles," by Mathew Franklin Whittier, younger brother of poet John Greenleaf Whittier. I have a great deal of strong evidence backing up this conclusion. S. Sakellarios ssake at goldthread dot com


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Desmond A. answered • 08/09/19

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