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A Liaison of Poetry and Tattoos: The Multivoicedness in Edgar Allan Poe’s Poem “The Raven”

  • Meike Watzlawik
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)

Abstract

First published in 1845, Edgar Allan Poe’s poem “The Raven” has inspired many. For Poe himself, the raven—relentlessly repeating the word “Nevermore”—symbolizes a tragic and everlasting remembrance. Today, the poem has been translated into many languages, and has been interpreted in manifold ways. It has also been illustrated by numerous artists, and has been an inspiration for individuals looking for tattoo images. The key question in this chapter is why individuals chose a tattoo depicting an image from “The Raven.” Which aspect of the poem appealed to them the most, and why? The transformation of life events into words by the poet, then back into symbols representing other individuals’ life events and meanings, will be discussed in the light of dialogicality and multivoicedness.

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  • Meike Watzlawik
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  1. 1.Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität BerlinBerlinGermany

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