The Raven

by Edgar Allan Poe

  • # 112 Apr '12
    The Raven
By Edgar Allan Poe

    The Raven By Edgar Allan Poe

  • # 212 Apr '12
    Once upon a midnight dreary, while
I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

  • # 312 Apr '12
    While I nodded, nearly napping,
suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

    While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.

  • # 412 Apr '12
    "'Tis some visiter," I muttered,
"tapping at my chamber door—

    "'Tis some visiter," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door—

  • # 512 Apr '12
    Only this, and nothing
more."

    Only this, and nothing more."

  • # 612 Apr '12
    Ah, distinctly I remember it was in
the bleak December,

And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the
floor.

    Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.

  • # 712 Apr '12
    Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I
had sought to borrow

From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—

    Eagerly I wished the morrow;—vainly I had sought to borrow From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Lenore—

  • # 812 Apr '12
    For the rare and radiant maiden whom
the angels name Lenore—

    For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore—

  • # 912 Apr '12
    Nameless here for
evermore.

    Nameless here for evermore.

  • # 1012 Apr '12
    And the silken sad uncertain
rustling of each purple curtain

Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt
before;

    And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;

  • # 1112 Apr '12
    So that now, to still the beating of
my heart, I stood repeating

"'Tis some visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door—

    So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating "'Tis some visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door—

  • # 1212 Apr '12
    Some late visiter entreating entrance
at my chamber door;—

    Some late visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door;—

  • # 1312 Apr '12
    This it is, and nothing
more."

    This it is, and nothing more."

  • # 1412 Apr '12
    Presently my soul grew stronger;
hesitating then no longer,

"Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;

    Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, "Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;

  • # 1512 Apr '12
    But the fact is I was napping, and so
gently you came rapping,

And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,

    But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,

  • # 1612 Apr '12
    That I scarce was sure I heard you
"—here I opened wide the door;——

    That I scarce was sure I heard you "—here I opened wide the door;——

  • # 1712 Apr '12
    Darkness there and nothing
more.

    Darkness there and nothing more.

  • # 1812 Apr '12
    Deep into that darkness peering,
long I stood there wondering, fearing,

Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream
before;

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;