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When Is Truth Stranger than Fiction?

Edgar Allan Poe reviewed “Barnaby Rudge,” an 1841 story by Charles Dickens which features a talking raven. Poe thought the raven should have had a bigger role in the story. In January of 1845, Poe published his own story about a talking bird, a poem entitled “The Raven.”

Can you imagine having a raven for a pet?  Does the government allow such a thing in the 21st century?

Do you think Poe would have written “The Raven” if he hadn't known about Grip (Dickens’ pet raven) and the “Barnaby Rudge” story?

What is “The Raven” really about?

Do you think “The Raven” has anything to do with the illness and impending death of Virginia Poe? Explain your answer.


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