Is the single effect of Edgar Allan Poe's, "The Raven" repetitious boredom; hypnotic, eerie gloom; exciting adventure; or quiet and profound understanding?

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I have to go with hypnotic, eerie gloom.


Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) was an American writer (also an editor and literary critic). He is known for many types of works - inventing the crime story and the sci-fi story, but is best known for his works of the eerie, the macabre, and the strange.

The Raven is a poem and is probably his best known work. Google The Raven and you'll find countless readings of this amazing poem. I've chosen one below that I think is a good one - it's James Earl Jones - a well known actor whose voice is quite suited to the material.

The mood is set through his use of rhyme structure, his choice of words, and the cadence of the spoken word. Give it a listen on a dark and stormy night...

James Earl Jones reads The Raven