The Raven Essay

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B. J. Bolden is an Assistant Professor of English at Chicago State University, Chicago, IL. She is the managing editor of Warp land: A Journal of Black Literature and ideas at Chicago State University and the author of Urban Rage in Bronzeville: Social Commentary in the Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks, 1945-1960. In the following essay, Bolden analyzes how "The Raven" showcases Poe's talent "as both storyteller and poet."

Edgar Allen Poe was virtually ignored by his contemporaries until the publication of "The Raven" in 1845. The poem enjoyed the status of being an overnight sensation for its popular appeal, while simultaneously stirring the simmering caldron of critical controversy. Interestingly, Poe's early reputation in America rested on his bitingly aggressive and self-serving critical reviews and his gruesome fictional tales, while his reputation abroad was built almost entirely on his poetry. Although "The Raven" won Poe instant celebrity status from a...

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