“The Raven” as an Elegiac Paraclausithyron

  title={“The Raven” as an Elegiac Paraclausithyron},
  author={Christopher F. S. Maligec},
  journal={Poe Studies},
  pages={87 - 97}
“The Raven” has spellbound readers and critics for generations with its ominous raven, the lost Lenore, and the narrator’s descent into self-torment and madness, not to mention its haunting meter and rhyme scheme. It has also inspired many to search for its literary origins.1 One previously unnoticed avenue to an enriched understanding of “The Raven” is to consider it as a type of elegiac paraclausithyron, a Greek (and Roman) poetic form consisting of the lament of an excluded, locked-out lover… Expand
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Iphis and Anaxarete in Ovid's Metamorphoses: poem of the shut-out lover.