Edgar Allan Poe Poems for Teaching Sound Devices: “The Raven,” “The Bells,” and “Annabel Lee” Audio Book and Quick Lesson Plan

Edgar Allan Poe Poetry Lesson Plans

Edgar Allan Poe is one of the rare writers who freaks people out with both short stories and poems.

You don’t need to feel guilty if all you do is grab this handout for teaching sound devices in poetry and move onto something else.

That being said, I think you might benefit from these audio/video clips of Edgar Allan Poe poetry, including “The Raven,” “The Bells,” and “Annabel Lee.”

I can’t be the only one who imagines 1970s psychedelic guitar rock when staring at Edgar Allan Poe, can I?

That question will be answered with this YouTube clip for “The Raven.” And I haven’t even mentioned it’s read by Christopher Walken.

My favorite part of this video is the crooked-eye ever-enlarging portrait of Poe. My favorite part of the lesson is this Sound Devices in Poetry handout.

Speaking of favorite videos, here’s a clip from The Simpsons.

Since we’re discussing Edgar Allan Poe Poems with the deft use of sound devices on YouTube, let’s take a look at “The Bells.”

And let’s take a look at one more. Here’s the audio for “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe. This one has animation.

If you’re looking for free resources for teaching the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, you’ll find them by clicking any of the links below.

  1. “The Cask of Amontillado”
  2. “The Black Cat”
  3. “The Tell-Tale Heart”
  4. “The Pit and the Pendulum”


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