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Literary Studies: Class 5 Stefanie, Viktoria Mogg und Maria Pachernegg The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe The communicative situation: we have a speaker, he must be some sort of scholar, he lost his lover and misses her terribly Who is the recipient? → there are a couple of different entities: he talks to the night, to the raven, but also to himself spatial setting: in a chamber, there are lots of books temporal setting: - at midnight - it is dark outside - once upon a time (unspecified time frame) - in bleak December - there is a storm outside (gothic theme) speaker motivation: - internal level: to share this story with someone - external level: the poet obviously writes this poem and wants other people to read it (fame/money) Background: Edgar Allan Poe wrote this poem for a specific reason: to show how to write great poetry → the most poetic thing is the death of a beautiful woman (this is not from the text itself deductible) Main themes and meaning: death appears in multiple forms: - his dead lover Lenore (grief, loss) - the connotation of the raven; when I die, will I be reunited with her? → nevermore - is there an afterlife? mood/setting: - he feels freaked out - there is terror, tension and suspense - is there a ghost? - is my dead lover talking to me? (= gothic fiction ghosts, vampires, werewolves) - it’s midnight, it’s dark, there is a storm, he is alone in his chamber, strange things happen - there is a lot of interaction with the raven, the speaker asks a lot of questions What does the raven symbolise? How does the speaker interpret the raven?
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