The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Allusions

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Allusion can be a difficult concept for pupils to grasp. Home in on two brief poems by Edgar Allan Poe, "To Helen" and "Sonnet–To Science," with allusion in mind. Class members discuss the relationship of classical Greece and Rome to the poems and compose quick essays about how the allusions add to the meaning of one of the poems. While specific page numbers from Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe are referenced, the listed poems could easily be found elsewhere.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Vocabulary and a homework assignment are both included
  • Part of a logically sequenced series of lessons based on Poe's work
Cons

  • Instead of just asking the discussion questions outright, you may wish to create your own worksheet for students to complete as preparation for the discussion and following writing assignment