"The Raven" - Edgar Allan Poe's view about his own fate.
Yordan G. Georgiev
Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is one of the most significant writers in the American history. Well known for its mystery and horror stories he is considered part of the Romantic movement in US and the inventor of detective fiction genre. On January 29, 1845 he publishes his poem "The Raven" in the "Evening Mirror" which granted him with immense fame ("Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography" 1941). The editor of the publishing newspaper wrote: It is the most effective single example of “fugitive poetry” ever published in this country; and unsurpassed in English poetry for subtle conception, masterly ingenuity of versification, and consistent, sustaining of imaginative lift and “pokerishness.” It is one of these “dainties bred in a book” which we feedon. It will stick to the memory of everybody who reads it("Evening Mirror", New York, January 29, 1845). The poem is of great artistic merit, it exudes many emotions and arise many feelings. Every reading of the poem gives new experience and new feelings but when You got familiar with Poe's life a inevitable question is arising. Putting together "The raven" and Poe's life we can see that the place where the poem is written corresponds to the room where the action of the story is held in addition the raven represents Poe's inner self, furthermore for the image of the narrator Poe uses for prototype himself and all these lead to the conclusion that "The Raven" is Poe's own view about his fate. The correspondence between the time and the settings of the poem and the time and conditions it was written supports the idea of coherence between the story of the poem and the prediction for the future that lies before the author. "The Raven" was published in January 29, 1845, according to "The New York Times" at that time Poe and his wife Virginia...
References: • Arthur Hobson Quinn, 1941. Edgar Allan Poe: A critical Biography
• Evening Mirror, New York, January 29, 1845
• The New York Times, January 1, 1908
• Jeffrey Meyers, Charles Scribner, 1992. Edgar Allan Poe
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