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Category:Historic Landmarks
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edgar allen poe statue - boston common photoThe statue is a bronze-based figure carved to look as though Poe is rushing down Boylston Street at the intersection of Charles Street South, a small section of the city that was dubbed “Edgar Allan Poe Square” by former Mayor Tom Menino’s administration.

The statue was created by artist Stefanie Rocknak, and is flanked by bits of paper falling from the author’s briefcase.

Flying next to Poe is a giant raven, bursting from his baggage. A heart, representing his well-known work The Tell-Tale Heart, is plopped on a pile of books behind Poe’s flowing coat.

The statue is located just across the street from the Boston Common heading south on Boyleston Street.



Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston but had a lifelong feud with its residents. The statue itself reflects Poe’s contentious feelings toward the city.

The sculptor, Stephanie Rocknak, said he faces away from the Frog Pond to represent his disdain for Bostonians, as he walks toward his birthplace on Carver Street.

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