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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Ominous: Foreshadowing something badPallas: Various meanings. Possibly meaning Athena, goddess of wisdom Pallid: Pale 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

  5. mood • Mood is the atmosphere of a piece of writing; it’s the emotions a selection brings about in a reader. • Common Mood Descriptors: • Cheerful, lonely, confident, loving, mellow, apprehensive, light-hearted, optimistic, brooding, playful, peaceful, enlightened, painful, flirty, hyper,, somber, stressed, hostile, eerie

  6. The raven Assignment • Answer the following two questions in paragraph format: • 1.What is the raven in the poem? Use examples from the text. (one paragraph) • 2. How does Edgar Allan Poe create the mood? What is the mood? Use examples from the text (second paragraph) • Put your evidence in red • Indent each paragraph • Title document The Raven-Your Name