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'The Raven' Questions for Study and Discussion

Famous American Poetry - Edgar Allan Poe

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The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe

Study Guide
"The Raven" is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most memorable works. Here are a few questions for study and discussion.
  • What is important about the title of the poem, "The Raven"? Why does he use the title?

  • What are the conflicts in "The Raven"? What types of conflict (physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional) do you read?

  • How does Edgar Allan Poe reveal character in "The Raven"?

  • What are some themes? Symbols? How do they relate to the overall flow or meaning of the poem?

  • Does the poem end the way you expected? How? Why?

  • What is the central/primary purpose of the poem? Is the purpose important or meaningful?

  • How does the work relate to Poe's other works of supernatural and horror literature? Would you read it at Halloween?

  • How essential is the setting? Could the poem have taken place in another place or time? Do you get enough of a sense of where and when the poem takes place?

  • What is the significance of the raven in mythology and literature?
  • How is madness or insanity explored in the poem?
  • Would you recommend this poem to a friend?

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