does anybody know anything about how poe got the idea for the raven?(NEED BY TONIGHT/12-6-01) : LUSENET : The Work of Edgar Allan Poe : One Thread

i really need any info on how poe got the idea for writing the raven. well pretty much his life from when he got the idea to when he published it. if you know anything id really really love to have the info. thanx much!!!!!!!!!

-- Anonymous, December 06, 2001


im a birl in case you wondered........ E.A. Poe got the raven story when his wife and cousin Virgina was dying. he wrote a bout him in the future not having her around and he used the name lenore because it rhymed with alot of things. Virgian was his cousin and wife.. if you have any more question e-mail me.

-- Anonymous, December 06, 2001

Poe got the idea for the raven over lunch with Charles Dickens. Dickens shared his story of his beloved pet whom had just died from drinking paint. The Dickens family had left the pet in the garage while away on a trip and it had drank some paint which caused it to die. When Dickens finished his story Poe asked if it was a dog or a cat. Dickens said I don't own normal animals. it was a raven. i know this sounds a little strange. I thought so too, but I was watching a video on the life of Edgar Allen Poe last week and learned this.

-- Anonymous, December 06, 2001

The ravens at his school in England(decribed in William Wilson might be an early source, he had other birds to choose from but the owl had been done before). Poe describes his writing the poem in his essay The Philosophy of Composition( but that is almost as untrustworthy as the idle, unproven speculations above. Few works of art can be traced with the authority you are seeking when the author himself is evasive and teasing. Lots of Raven articles at

-- Anonymous, December 07, 2001

The raven is sorta of like a "sequal" to the poen lenore in whis=ch their is some argument over whether he wrote it about his highschool sweet heart or his wife. I believe he wrote them both about his wife. lenore was about the fact that he was going to lose her, and the raven was after he lost her.

-- Anonymous, August 29, 2004

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