The Raven by Edgard Allen Poe

(No, not the movie.)
Continuing on a theme (see yesterday’s teaser), I looked up Poe’s famous poem, The Raven. Boy, oh boy. It’s just a short thing, but sooo wonderful – go look it up immediately! I found it online here.

This is the tale of the raven who quoth ‘Nevermore.’ It’s Poe, so you know it’s creepy. It is a short, effective story in its creepiness; but perhaps the most remarkable quality of this poem is linguistic. The rhyme, the rhythm, the cadence, the alliteration makes it positively musical – and to this end there is never a sacrifice in word choice. I can only imagine the time its composer must have spent laboring to create such a piece of poetry that is also such an efficient evocation of mood, and that communicates such a brief but successful story. It pulses (not unlike a tell-tale heart, ha. sorry, couldn’t resist). I recommend it.

Rating: 7 rhyming schemes.

6 Responses

  1. This is my favourite poems. The atmosphere is so amazing and I love the fast pace that has your tongue tripping over itself!

  2. I’m of two minds on this. On one hand it comes across as creepy and ominous, but on the other hand, it seems a bit silly and funny.

    Some of the rhyming makes me giggle a bit.

    “Nothing further then he uttered – not a feather then he fluttered –
    Till I scarcely more than muttered…”

    It reads to me like a person who’s having the ultimate over-reaction. Which, in a way, I can see myself a bit in the narrator. Heh!

  3. Poe will remain one of my favorite authors forever, I believe. I first read this in Spanish, then a few years later in English. In both languages it’s a wonderful piece of writing. I need to revisit it myself.

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