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

  • John Zwerenz (10/11/2016 11:17:00 AM)

    Genius, Poetry And Madness
    Perhaps my favorite companion in the ethereal world of poetry, Edgar Allan Poe in his masterpiece The Raven illustrates in verse what it is to go mad. And Poe knew madness, true madness as well as genius. The poem is an excellent example of how madness begins and progresses to the point of a profound and deadly psychosis. The bird in the poem merely repeats the word nevermore much as a parrot speaks nonsense. Albeit the word is nonsense, it is repeated. The madness of the poem's narrator begins when he starts to attach meaning to the bird's meaningless repetition. He begins asking the raven questions concerning his lost, assumed dead lover. His mind constructs a web of imaginative narratives that become more and more complex and neurotic until he is convinced this insipid bird possesses knowledge of these very personal, baleful, dark but important matters. The climax of the narrator's insanity ends with him lying prostrate on the floor in a state of despair which shall nevermore be broken by time or eternity. Such is the course of much of the psychotic progression of a manic depressive psychotic episode, whether the sufferer is depressed or in a mixed state. Mr. Poe and I have walked down the same path. And many more times than he nor myself would like to think of.
    John Lars Zwerenz
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  • (9/11/2016 10:21:00 PM)


    Holy diversionary tactics Batman.' 'The perils of prophecy, my friend.' (Report) Reply

  • (9/11/2016 11:10:00 AM)


    I Love this works. Truely a favorite! (Report) Reply

  • Judith Blatherwick (9/11/2016 4:26:00 AM)


    This is just the perfect poem. Wonderful (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (9/11/2016 3:35:00 AM)


    Brilliant wordsmanship creating dark ghostly imagery...... (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (9/11/2016 2:10:00 AM)


    Raven in the night knocking the door and coming through the window into the room and replying for all questions with the word - Nevermore is indeed an omen! What an elaborate narration of fear in the night loneliness by Edgar Allan Poe is wonderful poem! (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/11/2016 12:28:00 AM)


    From the Nightly shore! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Earnest Gatuma (8/22/2016 2:45:00 AM)


    The clarity of thoughts parlanced exquisitely: under the theme #SOLITUDE.....I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Earnest Gatuma (8/22/2016 2:41:00 AM)


    The clarity of thoughts parlanced exquisitely: under the theme # SOLITUDE....I love it! (Report) Reply

  • Muzaffer Akin (8/10/2016 4:59:00 PM)


    perfect poem....my favourite. (Report) Reply

  • Fathima Usman (7/21/2016 8:33:00 AM)


    My favourite! The internal rhyme is so cool! Inspiring...and eerie (Report) Reply

  • Nikki Pressley (5/16/2016 10:02:00 AM)


    my favorite poem i love this poem it awesome (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2016 5:35:00 PM)


    So dark and sleek like the Raven above my chamber door. Love lost (Report) Reply

  • (3/12/2016 6:50:00 AM)


    This poem has brought me so much inspiration. Love it! (Report) Reply

  • (3/6/2016 9:01:00 PM)


    ........one of the best poems ever written ★ (Report) Reply

  • Moira Cameron (2/26/2016 11:43:00 PM)


    A great one for recitation. Beautifully musical and dramatic. (Report) Reply

  • (1/11/2016 3:28:00 PM)


    The poem has a dark essence to it. Great poem, but i must say Quoth the Raven, Nevermore. (Report) Reply

  • (12/7/2015 3:19:00 PM)


    a great poem... a great poem (Report) Reply

  • (12/2/2015 10:03:00 PM)


    This was always my favorite poem. I had it memorized in high school, I read it so often! (Report) Reply

  • (10/2/2015 12:50:00 AM)


    It's a fairly decent poem, that strikes some real emotions. It's a shame that it goes a bit to sing-songy. It could have been something really stronger if he tried to go along the real path. This man helped create the real detective stories and is an inspiration for Sherlock Holmes in a way. He never truly found his own voice, but seems to want to be poetic, but yet the descriptions in this story show, he can write real writings.

    His love for impressing the females seems to be the only reason I can see why he writes with such flourishes that need not be. To understand the soul he bares seems to be enough to hear the wails. The speech he uses could be stronger, and yet the timelessness of the stories is lost when he starts to mention sayings that pre-date him.

    He invokes scent, and sight, and imagination, sounds and feelings of touch. It's a fully thought out poem, but it would have been better to have chosen something more tangible and relatable. He sets himself apart by bring such visceral feelings and tangible senses and then loses it with the focus on seemingly pointless details not even a red herring would touch.

    Quaff was a dated saying even then, and was just him trying to seem posh. When he should have not. To think that Edgar Allan Poe can never be better is like saying that every art is the best that art can be.

    His repeating of the velvet lining and spelling over as 'o're' is needless both of the spelling and the juxtaposition, except is seems again, to give a sort of mystery, and the story starts to lack the sense of touch, and he the poet can feel it, it seems important, but to the reader, it's just confusing. It's his butt that touches the velvet, what good is that to tell us.

    If you think I'm being harsh, then you don't know the first thing of Poe, as a critic he was brutal tot he point that harsh would be a compliment.
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