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Written by Edgar Allan Poe   
Thursday, 21 April 2005
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Edgar Allan Poe
The Raven was a symbol of "Mournful and never ending remembrance" which is not only a good description for "The Raven" but could be applied to almost all of his work. In January 1847 Virginia Died and Edgar took this very hard but he kept on writing until the day he died in Baltimore October 7, 1849.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1.    Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
2.    Though its answer little meaning - little relevancy bore;
3.    For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
4.    Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door,
                            With such name as "Nevermore."

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