The Raven. Imagine you are in the book-lined study of a country mansion. It is 1845. The fire ebbs low in the grate, and wind and rain swirl softly around the house. You are alone. Follow along with hand –out on your desk.
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Aidenn: Another name for the (Garden of ) EdenBalm in Gilead: A Biblical term, roughly meaning “Is there relief for my sorrow”?
Beguiling: Fooling or charmingBust: A sculpture of a head and neck, classically in a Greek styleCenser: A religious item. A metal container in which incense is burned Craven: Cowardly
Discourse: Discussion or conversation
Ebony: Jet blackImplore: To beg or pleadLattice: Crisscrosswoodwork
Melancholy: Sad, morose, thoughtful
Mien: Appearance or characterNepenthe: A mythological drink that causes you to forgetObeisance: Deferential respect
Ominous: Foreshadowing something badPallas: Various meanings. Possibly meaning Athena, goddess of wisdom
Plutonian shore: Reference to the Greek mythological underworld, a realm of the dead
Quaff: drinkSeraphim: angels
Stately: Impressive in appearance or manner
Surcease: To stop