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Emily Sheard Nevermore

Work by Emily Sheard
Work by Emily Sheard
Work by Emily Sheard
Work by Emily Sheard

Edgar Allan Poe’s poem ‘The raven’ inspired me with its idea of representing a bird as a spiritual messenger. In the poem, the raven becomes the focal point for a grieving person’s greatest dreams and deepest fears. By concentrating on separate details the narrator avoids dealing with the full impact of his overwhelming loss. I used old paper to suggest Poe’s era as well as a mind worn down with time and grief, while the hard clarity of the pen drawings highlights how imagined fears can become more real and important than reality.

Influencing artist: Edgar Allan Poe


Colo High School



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