Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

The Raven - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

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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Comments about The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

  • Rookie - 22 Points Joseph Baker (4/24/2015 2:14:00 PM)

    This poem is the best poem I have ever read by Edgar Allan Poe (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Edward Gibson (4/5/2015 1:16:00 AM)

    One of the greatest existential works ever. He falls asleep after reading a "curious volume of forgotten lore, " and the raven, a fiendish mythological figment, "ominous bird of yore, " delivers, in his mindless repetitions, a message Poe already understood and dreaded : there is nothing after this life, and Lenore is indeed no more. There is no balm in Gilead, no comfort of reunion with the lost loved one in another life. The pain and loss of this life is unredeemed in the nothingness that lies beyond. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,011 Points Mark Arvizu (2/16/2015 5:04:00 PM)

    To be haunted in one form or another will cease nevermore (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Vincent Belak (1/29/2015 11:03:00 AM)

    Such a sad poem (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 864 Points Panmelys Leschevin D' Ere (1/23/2015 8:48:00 AM)

    The Raven is probably Poe's Celtic memory: it alludes to mythology of Celtic belief =Mabinogion Black Raven is Bran - White Raven Branwen his sister: they were both human godlike figures with animal other lives: as Queen Rhiannon was also a horse. Perhaps the mixture in the poem of both a lost civilization and the love loss meet at the crossroads of Poe's excessive imagination to find out what will become of him when he's dead: helped by an advanced stage of delirium tremors: though it isn't of the highest art, it somehow has an haunting ability to insight
    our own questions about the netherland ahead, perhaps TSEliot/Audous Huxley/ Emerson/and others were more
    intellectual, certainly less emotional than Poe, yet this poem reaches the masses easier, and maybe is what the Poet wanted above all else? Panmelys (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 228 Points Suchithra Harindran (11/12/2014 5:29:00 AM)

    A very good poem written by him in the midst of love towards his late wife, the story of black magic reading by him
    and the disturbance of the Raven at midnight. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Taylor Bugler (9/24/2014 9:03:00 AM)

    This is my comment (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,111 Points Oduro Bright Amoh (9/3/2014 5:30:00 PM)

    This poem thrills me anytime I read it. It was cleverly written (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,951 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

  • Gold Star - 5,675 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (9/3/2014 1:48:00 PM)

    One of the most classic poems of all time.I never get tired of reading Poe's works or watching the movies based on his works... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,716 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

  • Gold Star - 14,027 Points * Sunprincess * (9/3/2014 12:43:00 AM)

    ........................~~~~~~~~~~~ a masterpiece ~~~~~~~~~~..................... (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 - 439 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 - 242 Points Nancy Oyula (6/25/2014 8:39:00 AM)

    I could read this a thousand and one times. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yoam Rafael Sanfiel-reyes (5/24/2014 6:39:00 PM)

    this is what i called a poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

    Veteran Poet - 1,381 Points L. E. O. Gibraltar (1/19/2015 6:36:00 AM)

    I express my deepest sympathy for the great artist in your thoughtful and touching comment.

  • Rookie 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 - 40 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 Joe K (5/17/2013 1:13:00 PM)

    one of the best poems of all time (Report) Reply










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