[A man dressed as Poe is reciting The Raven at the front of the room.]
“The Raven”, narrative poem by Edgar Allan Poe. Noted for its musicality, stylised language, and supernatural atmosphere, it tells of a distraught lover who is paid a mysterious visit by a talking raven. The poem makes use of folk, mythological, religious, and classical references.
“The Raven” was first attributed to Poe in print in the New York Evening Mirror in 845. Its publication made Poe popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financial success. Critical opinion is divided as to the poem’s literary status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written.