Poe Poem #7 - The Raven

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Poe Poem #7 - The Raven

Unread postby Liz » Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:59 am

No tidbit today.
I've decided to post another poem. I owe you one anyay. :blush:
BTW the two posted today are from a different and hopefully more reliable site.
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THE RAVEN

by Edgar Allan Poe
(1845)

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more."

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow;- vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow- sorrow for the lost Lenore-
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me- filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,
"'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door-
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door;-
This it is, and nothing more."

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
"Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you"- here I opened wide the door;-
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering,
fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore!"
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, "Lenore!"-
Merely this, and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
"Surely," said I, "surely that is something at my window lattice:
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore-
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore;-
'Tis the wind and nothing more."

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and
flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed
he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door-
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door-
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
"Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, "art sure no
craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore-
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning- little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blest with seeing bird above his chamber door-
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as "Nevermore."

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered- not a feather then he fluttered-
Till I scarcely more than muttered, "other friends have flown
before-
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before."
Then the bird said, "Nevermore."

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
"Doubtless," said I, "what it utters is its only stock and store,
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore-
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
Of 'Never- nevermore'."

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and
door;
Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore-
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking "Nevermore."

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamplight gloated o'er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamplight gloating o'er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose footfalls tinkled on the tufted floor.
"Wretch," I cried, "thy God hath lent thee- by these angels he
hath sent thee
Respite- respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil!- prophet still, if bird or
devil!-
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted-
On this home by horror haunted- tell me truly, I implore-
Is there- is there balm in Gilead?- tell me- tell me, I implore!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil- prophet still, if bird or
devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us- by that God we both adore-
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore."
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

"Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend," I shrieked,
upstarting-
"Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my
door!"
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the
floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted- nevermore!


-- THE END --
You can't judge a book by its cover.

The only thing that matters is the ending. It's the most important part of the story.

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Unread postby Bix » Sat Oct 29, 2005 12:31 pm

Wow, it has been so long since I have read this. It really is Poe's tour de force, isn't it? I had to read it aloud twice, just to marvel at all he has done in this poem. The story is almost secondary to the craft here. The rhythm he creates with his use of internal rhyme and repetition of phrases or repetition with slight changes of wording is just amazing. And his use of alliteration (repetition of initial consonant sounds in neighboring words) and assonance (repetition of vowel sounds) contributes so much to the overall effect. Can't you just hear the curtains moving when you say "the silken sad uncertain rustling"? And the raven is not just large or strange or eerie, but "this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore". Forgive me, I'm back in English teacher mode here - but I had forgotten how much fun this poem is. :grin:
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Unread postby deedee » Sat Oct 29, 2005 1:00 pm

Sitting here at work,so thought I'd look in and saw Liz had posted the ultimate Poe poem.
Reading it as a teen, I got the typical metaphores,as prescribed by teachers and essayists, but as an adult, who's been around awhile and experianced life's ups and downs, I now UNDERSTAND the poem. As a young person, you look at things in life and never really appreciate what would happen when they are no more, whether it be friends or family or places,etc. Taking time for granted.You always think they'll be there forever.Then as you grow older you find that there is an ending, and you lament with the old "shoulda,coulda,woulda", but too late. Poe understood the ill-spent youth, and the sorrow of no more chances, time wasted away.
"Those who do not like you fall into two catagories..the stupid and the envious."

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Unread postby Raven » Sat Oct 29, 2005 1:43 pm

my favorite poem of Poes. love it for some reason.

thanks Liz!

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Unread postby Liz » Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:22 pm

Raven wrote:my favorite poem of Poes. love it for some reason.

thanks Liz!

Raven :cloud9:


Raven, would you be so kind as to post that link again to the audio? I can't seem to find it.
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Unread postby bluebird » Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:52 pm

Bix wrote:Wow, it has been so long since I have read this. It really is Poe's tour de force, isn't it? I had to read it aloud twice, just to marvel at all he has done in this poem. The story is almost secondary to the craft here. The rhythm he creates with his use of internal rhyme and repetition of phrases or repetition with slight changes of wording is just amazing. And his use of alliteration (repetition of initial consonant sounds in neighboring words) and assonance (repetition of vowel sounds) contributes so much to the overall effect. Can't you just hear the curtains moving when you say "the silken sad uncertain rustling"? And the raven is not just large or strange or eerie, but "this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore". Forgive me, I'm back in English teacher mode here - but I had forgotten how much fun this poem is. :grin:


Couldn't have said it better, Bix!! I started to, but decided just to say
"What Bix said..." Except I'm not an English teacher, but was an English major.

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Unread postby manar » Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:56 pm

I memorized this poem perfectly. i'm so special. :chill:

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Unread postby bluebird » Sat Oct 29, 2005 3:03 pm

Manar, you are special!! :cool:

I memorized the first three or so verses, and bits and pieces of others and the last verse but not the ENTIRE poem..... :notworthy:


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Unread postby DeppLovesBananahs » Sat Oct 29, 2005 4:11 pm

Has anyone seen the Simpsons version of this poem? Its the same poem but Homer recites it. In 8th grade we had this huge Poe unit, and we read Annabel Lee, Raven and read The Tell-Tale Heart. I even have some inside jokes about the Tell-Tale Heart, because we had to listen to the audio, and read along to it. So, at some point the guy imitated the old man "who's there?" and we laughed because it sounded very funny. And at some point he said 'chirp'. Maybe you had to be there. I was quite amused by it, at least the guy who was reading the story. I do really like Tell-Tale Heart, its very freaky, but its classic Poe.

Hannah

P.S. OH! And I have a good short story, but this one's by Roald Dahl, something about a lamb. I forget what it was. A lamb, a guy, and a hotel. The guy was walking somewhere and this lady had a motel or hotel, and she let him in, but all the people there were dead or something......someone remember????
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Unread postby Raven » Sat Oct 29, 2005 9:13 pm

just got back from seeing zorro, too cute! gotta love Ted and Terry!

here is the Raven

http://archive.salon.com/audio/poetry/2 ... /poe/index
"In my experience, those who do not like you fall into two categories: the stupid

and the envious."

John Wilmot, the 2nd Earl of Rochester in The Libertine by Stephen Jeffreys

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Unread postby fansmom » Sat Oct 29, 2005 9:16 pm

DeppLovesBananahs wrote:Has anyone seen the Simpsons version of this poem? Its the same poem but Homer recites it.

Wait, doesn't Bart read it? It was Bart's voice in my head.
On second thought, it's read by James Earl Jones, and Bart plays the Raven. I just remember that spiky head perched above the door, croaking "Nevermore."
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sat Oct 29, 2005 9:31 pm

Raven wrote:just got back from seeing zorro, too cute! gotta love Ted and Terry!

here is the Raven

http://archive.salon.com/audio/poetry/2 ... /poe/index


Okay, this is way off topic...Raven - the music for Zorro? Was it not POTC in a slightly different form??? I keep hearing it in the trailers and it makes me crazy! :banghead:
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Unread postby Raven » Sat Oct 29, 2005 10:35 pm

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:
Raven wrote:just got back from seeing zorro, too cute! gotta love Ted and Terry!

here is the Raven

http://archive.salon.com/audio/poetry/2 ... /poe/index


Okay, this is way off topic...Raven - the music for Zorro? Was it not POTC in a slightly different form??? I keep hearing it in the trailers and it makes me crazy! :banghead:


did not even notice if it was the same music, hmmm maybe I should go watch it again. I loved the horse, so cool. The music was good though.

sorry cannot help you luv

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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:32 pm

Raven wrote:
DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:
Raven wrote:just got back from seeing zorro, too cute! gotta love Ted and Terry!

here is the Raven

http://archive.salon.com/audio/poetry/2 ... /poe/index


Okay, this is way off topic...Raven - the music for Zorro? Was it not POTC in a slightly different form??? I keep hearing it in the trailers and it makes me crazy! :banghead:


did not even notice if it was the same music, hmmm maybe I should go watch it again. I loved the horse, so cool. The music was good though.

sorry cannot help you luv

Raven


you may have to see it again?? :lol:
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Unread postby Raven » Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:35 pm

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:
Raven wrote:
DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:
Raven wrote:just got back from seeing zorro, too cute! gotta love Ted and Terry!

here is the Raven

http://archive.salon.com/audio/poetry/2 ... /poe/index


Okay, this is way off topic...Raven - the music for Zorro? Was it not POTC in a slightly different form??? I keep hearing it in the trailers and it makes me crazy! :banghead:


did not even notice if it was the same music, hmmm maybe I should go watch it again. I loved the horse, so cool. The music was good though.

sorry cannot help you luv

Raven


you may have to see it again?? :lol:


you know in the name of research, it is like having to watch JD movies, or search out pictures of him. research pure and simple! :drool: :biglaugh:
"In my experience, those who do not like you fall into two categories: the stupid

and the envious."

John Wilmot, the 2nd Earl of Rochester in The Libertine by Stephen Jeffreys


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