Activity

Poe's Vocabulary in “The Raven”

Grade Levels

10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade

Description

Language and Vocabulary In ‘The Raven’

Use a dictionary to look up the CAPITALIZED words. These words are in the poem’s context so that their meanings could be more easily deciphered.

  • forgotten LORE...
  • bird (friend) of FIEND
  • dying EMBER...
  • OMINOUS bird of yore...
  • the MORROW...
  • SURCEASE of sorrow...
  • ENTREATING entrance...
  • IMPLORE...
  • stillness gave no TOKEN...
  • in stepped a RAVEN...
  • Not the least OBEISANCE made he...
  • with MEIN of lord or lady...
  • EBONY
  • BEGUILING my sad fancy into smiling...
  • grave and STERN DECORUM...
  • the COUNTENANCE it wore...
  • the CREST was shaven...
  • the crest was SHORN and shaven...
  • the DIRGES of his hope...
  • MELANCHOLY
  • I sat DIVINING...
  • perfumed from a CENSER by SERAPHIM
  • QUAFF, oh, quaff the nepenthe...

Essential Question

How can one use context to gain understanding of vocabulary?

Duration

20 minutes or less

Assessment

Students will be able to apply definitions to their comprehension of the poem 'The Raven'.
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