Netflix's 'Wednesday' is full of Edgar Allan Poe references. Here's a bunch.
November 24, 2022 at 14:14
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious episode of Netflix's Wednesday that this show has a veritable shitload of references to Edgar Allan Poe.
Poe is the most notorious student to attend the fictional Nevermore Academy attended by our morbid protagonist, Wednesday Addams."
Edgar Allan Poe said , 'Believe nothing you hear and half of what you see,'" says Wednesday in episode 2.
Like Poe's tales, Wednesday hinges on mysteries, monsters, and mayhem — with an ending twist worthy of the Gothic writer.
And while Wednesday more often quotes her beloved Agatha Christie and nemesis Mary Shelley during the series, Burton throws a cask of amontillado at his series in order to Poe it up.
Here's just a few of the references to Poe in the Netflix series — maybe you spied more?
But Poe himself wouldn't be born until 1809 and wouldn't write the namesake poem for another 54 years.
But speaking of the ungainly fowl…The RavenThe midnight visitor from Poe's most famous poem, The Raven, represents the protagonist's immovable grief and loss for his love, Lenore.
But The Raven isn't the only Poe tale explicitly referenced in Wednesday…The Poe CupEvery team name is a Poe story.
A Nevermore annual tradition dating back 125 years and named for "Nevermore's most famous alumni," the Poe Cup is part canoe race, part chase, no rules.
According to the Baltimore Poe Society , "morel" is one of the names of the poisonous black nightshade, from which the drug belladonna derives.
They're the main Poe references I could spot, but perhaps you saw even more among the murder and mayhem afoot at Nevermore.