In a July 2022 video by the Baltimore Ravens, offensive tackle Morgan Moses and other Ravens players guess whether phrases came from Edgar Allan Poe or a rapper. Screenshot via video by Baltimore Ravens.

The past few weeks have been eventful in the world of Poe.

Last month, the National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre held a 24-hour livestreamed reading of the writer’s works.

Then, during the Baltimore Ravens pre-season game against the Washington Commanders last Saturday, the team’s mascot Poe was injured in a halftime game against a youth football team.

The injury comes as the Ravens are about to start their regular season, with their season opening game against the New York Jets on Sept. 11 (and their first regular season home game on Sept. 18 against the Miami Dolphins).

The usual mascot will be out of commission for the rest of the season, but the team will search for someone to fill in for their feathered friend, said Ravens head coach John Harbaugh during a press conference.

“Poe is going to be put on injury reserve for the rest of the season; he’s going to be done,” Harbuagh said. “Unfortunately, he sustained a serious injury to his drumstick, and he will not be able to perform for the rest of the season.”

“We will find a replacement,” he added. “We’re going to go to work on that right away. We’re going to turn over every stone, scour everywhere to find his replacement.”

In wishing the Poe mascot a speedy recovery, and in honor of the writings of his namesake, we’re sharing this video by the Baltimore Ravens from earlier this summer in which players attempted to discern whether phrases were from Edgar Allan Poe or a rapper.

Some players were able to figure out which wordsmith the phrases belonged to with ease, while others were poetically puzzled.

See how you match up. (Bonus points if you know which rapper/song or Poe piece they are from.)

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...