The raven opening stanzas

Words: 101-200

Skills: Context Clues

Grades: 6th 7th 8th 9th

Topics: Mystery / Suspense / Horror

Genres: Poetry

Lexile Range: 1300L +

Lexile Measure: 1330L

CCSS: Reading: Literature

Themes:

The Raven: Opening Stanzas


by Edgar Allan Poe

This passage is the opening stanzas of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1845 poem “The Raven." Perhaps his most famous work, "The Raven" is about grief, mystery, and lost love.

Reading Comprehension Passage

The Raven: Opening Stanzas

by Edgar Allan Poe
This passage  is the opening stanzas of Edgar Allan Poe’s 1845 poem “The Raven." Perhaps his most famous work, "The Raven" is about grief, mystery, and lost love.

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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping—rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”

Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—
Nameless here for evermore.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

Use the context of each word from the poem to determine the answers to each question.

1. lore
    What part of speech?
    What do you think it means?

   
2. bleak
    What part of speech?
    What do you think it means?

   
3. wrought
    What part of speech?
    What do you think it means?

   
4. morrow
    What part of speech?
    What do you think it means?