Poe’s “The Raven” – Unity of Effect

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How do Poe's choices of imagery, rhythm and rhyme scheme, and structure help build the desired single effect of "The Raven"? After listening to a dramatic reading of the poem, class members consider whether Poe's choices do create a desired single effect for readers.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Before making individual copies of the poem, underline the vocabulary words, allusions, references, and images readers need to understand to interpret the poem
  • Divide the class into 18 groups, assign one stanza to each, have them research the underlined words, and then share what they have learned with the whole class before listening to the dramatic reading of the poem


Classroom Considerations
  • Preview the audio of the poem and consider how you will prepare your class for the very dramatic reading of the poem
  • Requires individuals copies of the poem
  • The nine-page packet includes a detailed plan, a link to a dramatic reading of the poem, and discussion questions
  • While no link is provided to Poe's essay, "Philosophy of Composition," it is readily available online
  • The resource does not address the controversy surrounding the essay