Edgar Allen Poe & “The Raven”

George_Hazelton's_The_Raven_(Edgar_Allan_Poe)_1908“The Raven,” a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, was first published January 29, 1845. The poem, one of the most famous ever written, is about a talking raven’s supernatural visit to a young man’s as he descends into madness lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust talking to the student, the raven heightens his distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore.”

The Raven

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 visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door —
Only this and nothing more.”

“The Raven,” printed in the New York Evening Mirror, made Poe widely popular in his lifetime but was not financially successful. Poe lived a sad life and died young. To have the whole poem read to you by the famous long-deceased actor, Vincent Price in period costume: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7zR3IDEHrM  Be prepared to be scared.
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