The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe with Literary and Historical Commentary by John H. Ingram (Heathen Edition)

The Raven with Literary and Historical Commentary

Spine #41
John H. Ingram
First Edition
Heathen Edition
January 22, 2023
Heathen Genera
Poetica, et cetera
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Every poem must have been suggested by something, but how rarely do suggestions—whence-so-ever drawn—from Nature or Art—culminate in works so magnificent as this—the melodious apotheosis of Melancholy! This splendid consecration of unforgetful, undying sorrow!

In proof of Poe himself having possessed this “merit of the highest class,” it is but necessary to refer to The Raven. Not only is the whole conception and construction of the poem evidence of his inventive originality, not only are the artistic alliteration, the profusion of open vowel sounds and the melodious meter, testimony to his sense of beauty, but, by the introduction of the third rhyme into the fourth line of the stanza, and by the new, the novel, insertion of a fifth line between that fourth line and the refrain, he did really do, what, as he pointed out, no man had done for centuries: an original thing in verse!

John Henry Ingram (1842–1916) was an English biographer and editor who took an especial interest in Edgar Allan Poe, dedicating himself to the resurrection of Poe’s reputation by publishing a multi-volume collection of his works and the first reliable biography of Poe in the late 19th century. With this book, Ingram singles out Poe’s greatest poem The Raven and provides commentary and insight concerning its genesis and history, then expands on its literary impact by showcasing translations, fabrications, and parodies of the poem. Also included is Poe’s 1846 essay The Philosophy of Composition, in which Poe himself details the process he employed to craft The Raven.
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