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THE RAVEN

“Once upon a midnight dreary” begins The Raven, setting the mood for one of the English language’s most recognised poems, that is renowned for its supernatural atmosphere. Poe’s spooky raven enters the narrator’s house while he’s mourning the loss of his love Lenore, perches on a marble bust above the chamber door, and repeats only one word: nevermore. The narrator soon realises the raven will stay, and that he’ll never be free of longing for his lost love, ensuring his slow descent into madness.

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POE’S TALE

"Once upon a midnight dreary"

Despite his birth and death occurring in America, it was Edgar Allen Poe’s formative years spent in the British Isles, and London in particular, that are said to have provided the most likely inspiration for his English-gothic style that is characterised by both mystery and the macabre.

Poe's darkest and most well known poem, The Raven, was in fact inspired by a real raven - Grip - the beloved pet of English writer Charles Dickens, who Dickens taught to speak and who is mentioned in one of his novels.

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