6 Answered Questions for the topic edgar allan poe

Edgar Allan Poe Literature Plagiarism Poetry


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).... more
Edgar Allan Poe Literature Poetry Symbolism


What's the point of the sandy beach in "A Dream Within a Dream"?

The main thrust of Edgar Allan Poe's poem ["A Dream Within a Dream"](https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/52829/a-dream-within-a-dream) concerns the existential angst of the narrator, and his... more
Edgar Allan Poe Literature Poetry Wording Choice


What does 'Gilead' mean in The Raven?

Poe's poem *The Raven* contains the following words in the fifteenth stanza: > [...] tell me truly, I implore— Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!" **What does... more
Edgar Allan Poe Literature Poetry Meter


Meter and number of syllables per line in "The Raven"?

After reading some analysis of "The Raven", I've become confused about how syllables are counted. For example, in the second line: *Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore* A... more
Edgar Allan Poe Literature Symbolism The Raven


What does the raven symbolize (besides death)?

Whenever I ask a friend about the symbolism of the Raven from *The Raven*, they always seem to say death. **Is that the only thing the Raven is meant to symbolize?**
Edgar Allan Poe Literature Poetry The Raven


Did Lenore in Edgar Allen Poe's poem *The Raven* merely leave or is she dead?

Edgar Allen Poe's poem *The Raven* has the narrator mourning the loss of his love Lenore. But it's actually not entirely clear to me if Lenore merely *left* the narrator (for whatever... more

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