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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Bruno Okal (9/3/2012 11:56:00 PM)

    with my eyes closed, it is the shortest poem, with my eyes open, it is a very long poem. Such poems ment for the soul are best read under closed eyes and open souls! Masterpiece! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Mariska Coetzee (5/19/2012 12:49:00 PM)

    A poem of loss and self-torture, brilliant! Edgar uses dialogue in the poem in such a fitting way. Can definitely see Poe's essay The Philosophy of Composition at work here. (Report) Reply

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