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Knowing Poe

introduces us to the life, works, and writing techniques of Edgar Allan Poe. Learn about point of view in "The Cask of Amontillado." See Poe's edits in subsequent versions of "The Lake." Discover how he used code in "The Gold Bug" and imagery in "The Black Cat." Learn about "The Raven" and "My Tell-Tale Heart." Consider Poe's view of what makes a poem good. See letters he wrote and a piece of his casket. (Maryland Public Television, Department of Education)

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Interesting Fact:

Edgar Allan Poe has been described as the inventor of the detective story; the father of the modern American short story; the architect who helped the world discover science fiction as a literary genre; a skillful poet; and an important literary critic who helped define American literature, film, and other arts.
Engraved print by R. Staudenbaur of the raven entering the narrarator's room,... to leave nevermore.

... a stately Raven

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