Text: Edgar Allan Poe, “[Dedication],” ­The Raven and Other Poems (1845), p. i


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[page i, unnumbered:]

TO THE NOBLEST OF HER SEX —

TO THE AUTHOR OF

“THE DRAMA OF EXILE” —

TO MISS ELIZABETH BARRETT BARRETT,

OF ENGLAND,

I DEDICATE THIS VOLUME,

WITH THE MOST ENTHUSIASTIC ADMIRATION

AND WITH THE MOST SINCERE ESTEEM.

E. A. P.


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Notes:

Elizabeth Barrett Barrett became Elizabeth Barrett Browning after her marriage to Robert Browning. Poe reviewed Miss Barrett’s “Drama of Exile” in his Broadway Journal for January 4, 1845. Her poem “Lady Geraldine’s Courtship,” included in the collection mentioned, served as the model for the meter of Poe’s “The Raven.”


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