Edgar Allan Poe was an american writer and literary critic od the 19th century. Has was born in Boston, Massachusets in 1809 and died in Baltimore in 1849. Poe is known for his poems and short stories, but poetry was more important for him. Sometimes you can find subtle poetic resources which he applied in his short stories (I’m not talking about rhyme).
In the short story, Poe transformed the short horror story with his psychological depth, which had never been used in the genre before. Some of his most famous stories are: “The Tell-Tale Heart, “The Cask of Amontillado”, and “The Masque of the Red Death”, He was a pioneer of science fiction and wrote several stories about new inventions. He wrote the first modern detective story with “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, where he introduced his concept of deducting reasoning, which inspired later authors like Sir Arthur Conen Doyle.
His poetry has been widely celebrated and his most famous poem is “The Raven”, which was published in 1845 and became a huge success. In “The Raven”, the speaker uses a raven as a symbol of his grief, caused by his loneliness due to the separation from his beloved Lenore.
The Baltimore Ravens
In 1084 the Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis. In 1995 the “Cleveland Browns” decided to move to Baltimore, Maryland. In 1996 The NFL approved this change of location of the franchise. After this they changed the name of their team to “Baltimore Ravens”, They chose this bird from a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe, who lived during the early part of his carrer in Baltimore and died there. The name of the team’s mascot is Poe.
The name “Ravens” was chosen by the Baltimore fans in a contest. The citizens had many things to consider for the name of the team, but they prefered Poe’s famous poem: “The Raven”. The “Baltimore Sun” is the newspaper conducted the telephone poll in which it asked the fans to vote for their team’s name. More than 33,000 people voted and over 21,000 selected the winner.
In the beginning there were three ravens as mascots: Edgar, Allan, and Poe. However, Poe is the only mascot of the three that is still working with the Ravens.
The Baltimore Ravens has turned out to be a great team in its short and recent history. It has already won two Super Bowls, in 2001 against the Giants and in 2013 against the 49ers.