Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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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,
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  • Rookie - 555 Points Bernard Snyder (9/3/2014 5:21:00 PM)

    One of my favorite Poets of all time. And one of my favorite poems of his enormous collection! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,085 Points Frank Avon (9/3/2014 1:43:00 AM)

    Oh, please! Not again! Because I was forced to memorize poems like this in high school, I hated poetry, until college friends gave me Gibran's The Prophet and a splendid professor brought me to the poetry of John Keats and the interpretations of Earl Wasserman in his book The Finer Tone.

    As for Poe and his raven - Nevermore! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 75 Points Ishita Chakrabarty (8/16/2014 2:17:00 PM)

    I love Poe's poems.This has to be one of his most brilliant works.The raven somewhat is believed to be a harbinger of doom.Hence, even though it possesses no knowledge of the words it utters, its grim countenance urges the poet to reconsider the veracity of the word nevermore (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 211 Points Willian Menuci (8/6/2014 8:11:00 AM)

    The first time I saw this poem I said wow, it's very long.
    The first time I read this poem I said wow, already over? Why is it so short?
    This should be the #1 poem from the top list. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 86 Points Aisha Baranowska (10/23/2013 4:06:00 AM)

    Absolutely ingenious, a masterpiece. Poor, dear Poe...! Heart-breaking life and poetry that sounds like an otherworldly serenade to the beauty within despair...! Such a greatness of mind...! Such a desolate soul tormented; haunted by the memories of his beloved...! The raven - emisary of approaching death... The mournful grief... Some say it is a scary poem - that people were having nightmares dreaming about ravens and demons when this was first published back in time... Yet, to me it is not really scary. What would there be so frightening about a black bird, even viewed as a symbol of death and passing away? It does not frighten me - but I see its beauty, its emotional depth and its aesthetical appeal, and I do appreciate it...: -) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 86 Points Manohar Bhatia (9/3/2013 7:44:00 AM)

    Friends,
    In our Hindhu tradition, whenever a crow/raven visits us in the mornings, we consider it to be a postman bringing news of a incoming visitor to our house.So its no surprise, that the poet keeps thinking of his girlfriend/wife and imagining to be present, although she is no more but dead.This beautiful poem matches our indian culture. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 86 Points Imelda Ortega Suzara (5/30/2013 10:14:00 AM)

    How sad that the poet who remembers the loss of Lenore has a crow/raven visit him to tell him she is 'nevermore', meaning she is dead and gone forever even though he persists in thinking of her. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 86 Points Anas Aleyt (4/15/2013 2:01:00 AM)

    My very personal favourite.Such a wonderful piece.I could feel the realism when I read this piece. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 18 Points Natasha Foster (3/1/2013 11:05:00 AM)

    One of the greatest pieces of literature every written. E.A.P. is my inspiration...I couldn't write without knowing his works and him alone...so I would like to say Thanks, Poe. :) (Report) Reply

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