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Benson: English vs. French

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Edgar Allan Poe first saw in print his poem “The Raven” on Jan. 29, 1845. You might recall from high school literature that the raven visited the poet on a cold December night and would say only one word, “Nevermore,” a word that rhymed with the poet’s deceased lover, the lost Lenore.

The poet shouted at the raven, wanted to know why the bird tormented him, and called it a “Prophet, a thing of evil!” The raven replied, “Nevermore.”

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