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Saturday, April 20, 2013

R - The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven
What is one of your favorite Edgar Allan Poe reads?

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 visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more." ...

"I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat."
 -Edgar Allan Poe
"With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion."
-Edgar Allan Poe

... And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamplight o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!

Long post, maybe... well it could have been?
Jeremy [Retro]
Oh, No... Let's Go CRAZY!


  1. I love this wonderful poem.


  2. It has been many years since I have ready anything by Poe, but reading your excerpt above, my reaction is that his poetry is superb!

  3. One of my favourites.

  4. Timeless, classic writers like POe, for some reason feel like a breath of fresh air when 'quoted randomly' like this.

    Love it Jeremy, thanks!

  5. I am trying to recall if I ever read anything else by Poe. (shame)

  6. Don't know if I have a favorite, wish I'd thought of that as an R...somewhere I have pictures of his grave, Poe's that is.


  7. I loved Annabelle Lee. My high school English classes were big on Poe.

  8. Poe will be forever a literary Great. I actually did a blog post for the 5o and 100 followers bloggers for others to start to please follow...hope this helps.

  9. I always liked Hopfrog. A good underdog revenge story with Poe's sanguine style.

    John at The Bathroom Monologues

  10. I love Poe and this poem. I also love his short story, "The Black Cat" although it is heartbreakingly sad. Good choice!

  11. I haven't read this in years...I always found it a bit scary! There is certainly no doubting Poe's brilliance.

    Monica at Older Mommy Still Yummy

  12. Poe was a dark master. When you read his poems you cannot help but realize the fallibility of the human psyche. He really was a genius and his true life story is such a strange one. Great post! Jennifer a.k.a Urban Gypsy Girl

  13. Reading Poe never fails to send shivers up my spine - in a very good way. He had such a way with setting tone. The Tell Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado - all brilliantly set up to feel that haunting tone and the darkness within.

    Poe and HP Lovecraft are some of my favorites to read, especially during the Autumn months.

    Cath from Dramatics and Words

  14. that was just lovely thank you!
    The Raven is ogten seen as a harbinger of something - doom, a warning, it appears in the Bible, in fairytales and folk lore ...
    Susan Scott's Soul Stuff

  15. No one can match Poe's writings! The Pit and the Pendulum is my favorite!
    Enjoying your posts a lot.
    A to Z-ing to the end
    Peanut Butter and Whine

  16. I have a collection of his poems. The TellTale Heart was always my favorite story.

  17. I love the imagery in my mind as I read this poem. Great 'R' for the challenge.

  18. Poe was a master at creating a dark, brooding atmosphere, both in his poems and short stories. The Raven has always been one of my favourites.

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  20. I hope I'm not wrong on this, but I hang out at an online poetry pub called dVerse, and if you like poetry you should definitely check it out, and they teach us (on one of the days)different poetry forms. Anyway, that poem is called a villanelle, I believe, and I tried writing one and just couldn't. The repetition of lines that's required - I just couldn't come up with good lines that would fit that. Poe was a flippin' genius. My 11th grade English teacher taught us about him in a very unique way. I honored her at Q, but now I'm thinking she needs her own post.
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  21. ...and you've just been the victim of me having to copy all my comments and try at least twice to make them post...especially appropriate that this should happen to Jeremy, because he's been getting a lot of DL Hammon's comments from me this week...egads I need to slow it doesn't seem to matter WHERE he posts, he gets double his money ;-)

  22. I love this poem! I read it for the first time about 4 years ago.

  23. The Cask of Amontillado and The Assignation are among my faves, while Berenice totally creeps me out. Oh, and of course, j'adore the tales featuring le chevalier C. Auguste Dupin. I plan to get a dachshund some day and name him after the famous detective. :-)
    Some Dark Romantic

  24. Better late than never today, right?

    A nail polish review!

    - Patricia

  25. The Raven was the first poem I read from a classic poet that made an impact on me! Thanks for reminding me....

    Texas Playwright Chick

  26. Poe's The Raven is my very favorite poem. When I taught poetry, I used it as an example of internal rhyme & excellent meter. It's so good, I find it almost intimidating to write poetry, knowing I could never be that good.
    Kathy @ Swagger Writers

  27. I love the word cloud of the Raven...awesome!

    Tonight I wrote an odd blog,"Really? Powdered Peanut Butter?"

    <a href=">The Other Side of the Equation</a>

  28. Once upon a time, the good folks at Rivendell Bicycle Works ( held a contest in their quarterly Rivendell Reader magazine for the best version of The Raven written without the letter "e." The quality of submissions was surprisingly good.

  29. This poem has to be read aloud, like all poems. And perfect practice for speaking clearly and pronouncing every syllable. But my favorite Poe poem is Annabelle Lee.

  30. My favorite was the Tell Tale Heart!

  31. This is so well known, and so easy to use as an example of various things in writing. It's also fun to alter it for various writing exercises as well.

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  32. This is one amazing poem.
    I love it!
    Thanks for choosing it for your post today!


  33. I adore anything Poe related.

    Thank you for sharing.

    I wish I'd known about your A-Z
    challenge earlier, I would
    definitely have taken part : )

    Enjoy your day,

    Yvonne : My Haunted Attic

  34. The Raven is one of the ones I haven't read, but I love Poe. I'll have to add a collection of his poems to my Goodreads.

    Masque of the Red Death has been my favorite.

  35. The "Compleat Works of Edgar Allen Poe" is one of my top ten all time favorite books. I recently wrote a poem that shows his influence. You can read it here:
    If you like art, check out my home page while you are there.


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