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.”

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; – vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow – sorrow for the lost Lenore –
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore –
Nameless here for evermore.

And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me – filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating,
“‘Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door –
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; –
This it is, and nothing more.”

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
“Sir,” said I, “or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you”- here I opened wide the door; –
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore?”
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!” –
Merely this, and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
“Surely,” said I, “surely that is something at my window lattice:
Let me see, then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore –
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; –
‘Tis the wind and nothing more.”

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door –
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door –
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
“Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,” I said, “art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore –
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning- little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blest with seeing bird above his chamber door –
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as “Nevermore.”

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered- not a feather then he fluttered –
Till I scarcely more than muttered, “other friends have flown before –
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.”
Then the bird said, “Nevermore.”

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
“Doubtless,” said I, “what it utters is its only stock and store,
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful Disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore –
Till the dirges of his Hope that melancholy burden bore
Of ‘Never – nevermore’.”

But the Raven still beguiling all my fancy into smiling,
Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird, and bust and door;
Then upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking
Fancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore –
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking “Nevermore.”

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom’s core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion’s velvet lining that the lamplight gloated o’er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamplight gloating o’er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then methought the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose footfalls tinkled on the tufted floor.
“Wretch,” I cried, “thy God hath lent thee – by these angels he hath sent thee
Respite – respite and nepenthe, from thy memories of Lenore:
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil! –
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted –
On this home by horror haunted- tell me truly, I implore –
Is there – is there balm in Gilead? – tell me – tell me, I implore!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil – prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us – by that God we both adore –
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore –
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore.”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

“Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend,” I shrieked, upstarting –
“Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

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!

Analysis, meaning and summary of Edgar Allan Poe's poem The Raven

156 Comments

  1. Mons says:

    Poe rocks :)like his style

  2. Yannick says:

    Fantastic poem, really marvelous. Love to read more of Edgar Allen Poe.

  3. Sean Lennon says:

    Lenore’s identity is bound with Guy de Vere’s. If Guy de Vere be the Irish poet contemporary of Poe, Sir Aubrey de Vere Hunt, then there can be little doubt that “Lenore” is faith, and the raven is telling Edgar Allan Poe the atheist that he can never hope to clasp her again.

  4. mahima says:

    i like the poet’s way of presenting the poem in a beautiful manner but ya it’s a fact that the poem was a bit long but it was intresting while reading. i can say that if i have to rate this poem i will give 3 stars to it i think it was presented well and i will not say it was an execellent poem but it was a good poem i liked it!!!!

  5. alex says:

    this rocks
    it’s just so damm good
    the envirmont is so good
    did sombody seen the simpsons episode of this?

  6. Zahra khan says:

    the poem is great and superb,i like its really outstanding.

  7. Kevin says:

    “Once upon a midnight dreary, while i pondered, weak and weary” (The Raven, 1). That sounds like me trying to write a literary analysis essay on this poem. We have also had to do some poetry writing in my english class and if you don’t appreciate this poem or even if you do try writing some poetry of your own and then you can appreciate how good this Poe guy really is.

  8. kalegih church says:

    omg i love this poem ny you. i go to harrison central high school and im on the colorguard team and they picked your poems that we did our show on. you are very creative.

  9. Cayla says:

    Although the Raven was written years before Virginia died, Poe knew she would die eventually and wrote the Raven as a premonition of his wife’s inevitable death, not in a drunken delirium or as a recurring dream – more of a foreshadowing nightmare. Poe’s mother and stepmother had already died of TB, and he knew it was a death sentence.

  10. Paul says:

    This poem is really amazing. Some poets of my country have tried to translate it into Portuguese but I didn’t like it. Nothing compares to the original poe’s work. I don’t know what the poem really means, perhaps we will never figure out but evertime I read (the Original) The Raven, I feel bad…

  11. Stevan Fallon Dunn says:

    See ‘Lenore’ poem comment……..then seek solace within ‘Annabel Lee’

  12. Stevan Fallon Dunn says:

    Good point that ‘Lenore’ was written in 1831, but Poe met Virgina Clemm, his future wife, early in her life…and returned to his aunt’s (Maria Clemm) home in 1831…Virgina was seven at the time. He Married Virgina Clemm (at age 13) in 1836. Virgina did not show signs of cunsumption until 1843…Died January 30, 1847….The raven was published in 1844…both ‘Lenore” and ‘The Raven’ could have direct relationship to Virgina…as first ‘Lenore’, could be premonition of the early death of Virgina (cunsuption ran in the family), and ‘The Raven’ as a drunken delirium, repeating dream….a result of his drinking (an attempt to escape his Virgina’s consumption and her eventual death….[the escape through alcohol…and most likely cocaine (as it was ‘In Vogue’), worked in reverse….obviously]….anyway….’The Raven’s’ shadow, as you should notice, is Edgar’s soul….and at the end you will notice the Raven is still in the same place it always was….”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 lamp-light 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” The Raven that cries nevermore is not a raven at all, but ‘The Shadow’ of the Raven that IS the soul of Poe…and the last line is Poe’s resolve that he has come to peace with himself (his soul) and ‘Lenore’s’ death will be….and he will go on and cease dealing with the face and the darkness of his soul evermore…..”And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor… Shall be lifted (from the depths of Hell)-nevermore.” Check Annabel for cross relationship. And then some Poe Prose.

  13. Helen says:

    The raven symbolizes gloom, despair, hopelessness, depression, doom …

  14. gunground says:

    i see most people have a misunderstanding of the poem (no offfense) but as far as i know this is what the poem is really about.
    First he mourns his dead wife,then he hears the rapping and mistakens it for the ghost of his wife,trying to calm himself saying just a visitor. After the raven gets in he tells him to stop mourning his wife,but the guy is stubborn and says no. And,if you reread and clarify the last paragraph right,he will actually be saying that since that he will not be lifted to heaven no more. Awesome poem 🙂

  15. bigzack says:

    tell me what the raven symbolizes

  16. joesph says:

    nice poem

  17. Stephanie says:

    The Raven is an outstanding poem by such a great poet Mr.Edgar Allen Poe.I love all of his poems,but this one favors me alot!I think it should be a book or something ’cause it is an awesome poem no matter what!!! The reason why would be because it is about a raven,but that isn’t what I liked about this poem,it is what the raven says,I quote “No more forever more.”

  18. damien says:

    can enyone tell me were to find the viewable simpsonsversion of the raven

  19. alice says:

    i think the poem’s about his wife dieing and a raven knocks on his door, continuosly saying “nevermore” because he could “nevermore” see his wife again, or talk to her.. etc

  20. homer simpson says:

    i really love ur books they rule. i no ur dead but wen i die plz tell me who keeps comin 2 ur grave on ur b-day and puts 1 rose and some scotch on ur grave. deal deal

  21. charles barker says:

    sup dog. its ur boy the c man. ya dats rite the c man! u c dog i read ur poem the raven dog it blew me away. really i freakin fell out of my seat u hear. that guy was like freaky man like he was on the hop man. u may b dead but yo books, dog they off the chain!!!! rock on

  22. langdon alger says:

    this poem is so awsome dude. i no ur dead but this is sooooooooooooooo creepy …….but in a way …………. its creepy. anyway its so cool. the poem lenore is pretty cool 2. i saw a different version of it on tv. the different version was ok. rock on my hommie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. adam says:

    I love this poem.I love pretty much most dark poetry but this is still my favorite poem, although i read it about two years ago. i can imagine all of it in my head perfectly.overall, this is probably my favorite poem.

  24. KayLynn says:

    I love this poem. I love dreary stuff like that, and I love to read spooky stuff too. I’m not Goth or anything I just think stuff like that is interesting and fun to read. I am actually great friends with a Goth though. His names Garrett Weikel. bye

  25. Danielle says:

    the raven is my favorite poem, everytime i read it i just drift away into my own world, Edgars world, that he creates with his poetry. thou thinkst not that any other man could write such sweet melodies, yet such a terrifying story, all with detail contained inside, just waiting to be read, so it mayst be released, and be free, with none other then the world

  26. melissa says:

    I think this poem is so great. Poe had a really tough life..(here’s some background info on him that you might not have known) Poe’s mom died when he was just 3 years old of Tuberculosis.( i tihnk that’s how you spell it) and his father was an alcoholic and abandonded him. well he went to go live with foster parents. and then his foster mother died of the same disease his mother did. He never really had a father figure in his life. Poe got married to his cousin..Lenore (the name mentioned in his poem..his sweetheart) when lenore was just 13 years old and he was 27. but that was pretty common to do back then. his wife was sick for 5 long years..and he wrote The Raven in the next room over from where his poor wife was on her deathbed. She died when she was 24 of tuberculosis also. the same age his mother died. I think poe felt he was cursed and had bad luck because it seemed like every woman he loved died. I think his life was just tragic. If you read any of his short stories (for example The Pit and The Pendulum and Tell Tale Heart) you can really see how he uses alot of things to symbolize his life. such as when he disembles the body of the old man in Tell Tale Heart. I could be wrong about this..but i think it symbolizes his life..being torn apart piece by piece, and in pit and the pendulum..the blade is swinging by him..right above him..he suffers a slow and painful death..i think this symbolizes Poe’s life also..everyone around him dieing a slow and painful death..and also himself. Dying lonely and slowly. These are just some of my opinions..we’ve been researching Poe a bit in my english class and i felt like doing some extra work on this poem..The Raven..its very difficult to understand..so if anyone can help me with it..like their opinions i tihnk i might be able to form my own. I’m going to go and reread it a couple of times again. thanks a bunch!

  27. queen trixie the piratical says:

    it’s lovely, gorgoues, wonderful, marvelous, nifty, splendid, and clever. yes! i am having trouble with picturing the violet chair though. velvet violet lining. it doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of my fabricated grim and austere surroundings…makes an interesting scene, though… (and i would love to see Mr. andrew dickinson’s work someday…though mayhap tis a bit presumptious to say you are better than my darling poe…but then again, you very well may be…)
    it’s so beautiful and haunting…
    huzzah for poe the radtastic!!!!!!!!!

  28. Volodymyr says:

    This is the best poem ever written! Edgar Poe was a Genius and he is my favourite poet. I will love his poetry for ever…
    As for “The Raven”, this poem is just unique and unsurpassable.

  29. Lily zhang says:

    after i read all these comments, i felt better in understanding the poem,it is awefully good. i love it !!!!
    I’d like to make some friends who likes poems and who are learning french!!could you please e-mail me?you’ve got my address! mydearli@126.com or you can also use this mydear-1985@163.com i am an english major in china!i like english!!!

  30. Lily says:

    I have just read the poem, but actually, I knew nothing about it. It seems so difficult and strange!

  31. Justene says:

    I beilive this poem to be very gracefull and I relate to it 100%. I appreciate the feel of how death is and how it contributes to everyday life. If you look hard enough you can even feel the kenitic energy coming from the spirits. The spirits often talk to me. They tell me that this peom is very mean. And that you should remove it.

  32. Meline says:

    This is Edgar Allen Poe at his utter best in real time speach.

  33. Ellen says:

    Wow! I’ve read this poem before, but didn’t really understand it. I think that person probably has suffered many losses and that the raven could represent sorrow or suffering or even death and that the man cannot escape it no matter how much he tries.

  34. Andrew DIckinson says:

    “Hey this is one of the greatest poems ever in my opinion.”

    You haven’t seen my work. But you will someday.

  35. Sage says:

    Love all of Mr.Poe’s works and I would like to say that I know alot about him, have any questons?(: I am doing a progect on this great other aswell and would like to use your comments. May I?

  36. Anthony says:

    Beutiful i read it in the 3rd grade but did not appreciate and understand it now thru middle school i understand and appreciate this work of art all of Poe’s art is beutiful and deserves to be remembered through history

  37. Lori says:

    Hi Jesse so you dont understand the Raven? well it is hard and it can be hard to get. I love Poes work but he is very difficult.dont worry to much a bout it it will come to you. read it again slowly and think what it means to you not what it means to others or Poe. Poetry is for you not for other and if you dont get it
    He my not be your type of Poet or you just need a guide read it with someone maybe? well i hope i helped.

  38. karena prescott says:

    i love this poem it is great it makes me feel good!!

  39. Hallie says:

    I love this poem! We recently studied this in English class and I absolutely fell in love with it. It is so well written. The imagery and descriptions Poe uses never fail to astound me. He is truly the master of poem writing.

  40. Jesse says:

    I have read this poem for a couple of times , that is no doubt this is poem is one of the best poems in American Literature, but i still can not understand it ,so maybe i have no natural gift to appreciate the arts of the world,how to study the American Literature is my headache, any native speakers want to give me some hints ? thank you very much

  41. petrus says:

    beautifull….
    my favourite poem ever.

  42. Jullisa says:

    This Poem Rocks!!

  43. marcela guevara says:

    This poem is really good,it took me a littl time to understand it but i got it.My poems are nothing coampared to this.

  44. Lamb says:

    The Raven is entrancing, with an other-wordly quality that belongs solely to Poe.

    Yes, we all know that the Simpsons is just a dummified version of literary works. Thank you very much for nothing it.

  45. JJ says:

    The Raven is a very deep thought out poem. I could never write as well of a poem or anything as good as Poe. He is a master of being able to say such large things in very condensed manner which is awsome.

    I am inspired by everthing I read by Poe……Peace

  46. Bob tyler says:

    Good poem.

  47. Jonathan Casco says:

    Wow! this has to be one of the greatest poems i’ve read in my life!!! the eriee mood and sad story makes this a really well put together. good job poe. BUC PRIDE YA’LLLLLL!!!!!

  48. ana says:

    this poem is so cool it is on eof my favorite poem of all times becuase of how his life was and how he was going insane because he will not have his sweet lenore nevermore

  49. Brittany Smith says:

    This site is truly amazing!! Less and less people of my age enjoy poetry, I’m glad you all do.

  50. carrie says:

    We had to memorise this poem for english and once i started to memorize it I really got into it and felt how he was really explaining things. It is very detailed and i think it is a wonderful poem how he expressed himself.

  51. Ashton says:

    This poem is very…deep. It took me several times reading it to truly understand it, but once I did it was very enlightening. I think Edgar Allan Poe was a true poet and knew what he was doing. I’m going to tell all my friends about it!

  52. Daniel says:

    I first became aware of this poem when I saw it on a Simpsons Halloween special!!! I absolutely love it! I think it has a great rhythm. I would undoubtedly say that it is one of the best poems I have ever read.

  53. Felipe says:

    There’s no need for words to this poem, they are all already used in it… the only word i can came up with is “sublime”

  54. LAS says:

    Its one of the greatest poems ever written. I read it when i was 9 and now its been 8 years and i still remember it word for word. Edgar Allan Poe is truly gifted.

  55. michael says:

    i love ageralin poe i have evry pome he wort they should hav “silver bells” i love that pome

  56. Sally says:

    I absoulutly LOVE this poem to death!!! it is awsome, it captures the moment soo well. i love reading over and over again!! i wish Edgar Ellen Poe was alive to see how much of an effect his poems were having on people.

    have a good 1

  57. Amanda says:

    I think that “The Raven” is definetly my favorite poem ever!

  58. amy says:

    this is wat i feel lik somtimes. he captures the true meaning of my life

  59. Roman Harris says:

    The poems of poems and novels of poe are so intriging and mysterios they almost down right creepy.

  60. Kali says:

    He has great poems and i am learning about them in la

    (kam the is kali if you ever come to this website lol)

  61. Tisha says:

    This poem rocks…..very powerful emotion in disguise…if only love were that strong in all relationships……

  62. BADBOY says:

    HMMM GREAT POEM AND IVE SEEN THE SIMPSONS VERSION OF IT ITS FUNNY.HOWEVER, ITS SAD HOW MR. EDGAR ALLAN POE WROTE IT WITH IS WIFE DYING IN THE NEXT ROOM. I BELIVE IT HAD A LOT TO DO WITH THE WAY HE WROTE THIS POWM.WHAT I THINK IT MEANS IS HE’S SUFFERING KNOWING HIS WIFE IS DYING IN REAL LIFE AND THERES NOTHING HE COULD DO ABOUT IT.IN THE POEM HIS LOVE ALREADY DIED AND THE RAVEN IN AWAY IS KINDA LIKE HIM IN REAL LIFE. JUST WATCHING HIM DIE SLOWLY FROM THE PAIN THAT HIS WIFE IS DYING THE RAVEN CANT DO ANY THING FOR HIM ACCEPT WATCH JUST AS HE CANT DO MUCH MORE THAN WATCH HIS WIFE DIE SLOWLY.AND I THINK “NEVER MORE” IS SAYING SEVERL THINGS SUCH AS NEVER MORE WILL HE SEE HER, NEVER MORE DOES HE WANT TO GO THROUGH THAT PAIN ,NEVER MORE WILL HE BE THE SAME AND SO ON. YA I MIGHT BE WRONG BUT THATS WHAT I GOT OUT OF IT. WELL I HOPE YOU PEEPS LIKE MY ITERPERTATION OF THE “RAVEN” I WILL NOT WRITE ANY MORE…..HMMMM QOTE THE RAVEN NEVER MORE

  63. The Brick says:

    Hey this is one of the greatest poems ever in my opinion. The Simpson parody is one of the most funny things you will ever see.

  64. alex says:

    I ROCK SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. alex says:

    this is an awesome poem. i like cheese

  66. Rikki says:

    Hey my name is Rikki but i am a girl, but i love your poem!

  67. +++Jessika+++ says:

    this was a kool poem =D

  68. !*NetTiCa*! says:

    this is one of the best poems ive ever read. i reallie like the way Edgar Allen Poe wrote this poem..and ive also seen the simpsons episode where the Raven was read but i like reading it by myself and visualizing the scenery. PROPS TO FANS OF THIS POEM!!!

  69. Michael says:

    This poem is way dark.

  70. INSECTO!! says:

    THis Poem is the best!! Nothing can compare!! Edgar Allen Poe is the best poem writer

  71. lara says:

    this poem is really cool i didn’t really understand it but after reading it a couple of times i got it and i had a bit of help cause i had seen the simpson episode. when i said to my friend on msn i got a poem for my project and it’s called the raven u know the one that they had on the simpsons she said no the simpsons had it first no one else wrote it before hand then i sent it to her and now we discuss our points of view on the poem and what we think it means.

  72. Lena says:

    I love Edgar Allen Poe. His writings inspire me to write my own. But nothing can compare to his. I love it all.

  73. Hannah says:

    I love Edger Allen Poe. In my openion he is the best poite in the history of poetry. I love this poem because it is very mental, almost as if he was fearing himself. I also like all of the emotions in this poem.
    This poem inspired me to become a more creativ writer and I love all of Edger’s work.

  74. jenn says:

    if i really wanted to i could definitely go on and on about what i think poe means in this poem but why dont you guys save me the effort im curious to know what others percieve…

  75. Kassandra Payne says:

    I love this poem! If any of you people out there know more about Poe, I would love it for any of you to give me all the information you can because I am doing a report on his poetry, mostly about this particular poem

  76. Chris says:

    too long, pretty good but i quit reading after awhile

  77. Ninja says:

    HOLY FLIP! thats the longest poem I HAVE EVER SEEN! JEEZ! I was like sleeping and reading at the same time! BORING>>>next!

  78. Jessie Hunter says:

    I love his poems so much he my hero and that poem is what espires me to write my own poems

  79. Liz and Amy says:

    this was the best poem ever………..we love it alot….it took me awhile to read it but it was really good!

  80. St. Jimmy says:

    I love this poem. It’s so dark this rocks!!! He’s just great!!

  81. Charlie says:

    This poem was so dark and intense with him sitting in a chair just going isane i’m gonna rate this poem a 10!!!!

  82. Dark Side says:

    Edgar Allan POe is the greatest poet of all time. The poem called The Bells isn’t very good, though.

  83. Sam Franklin Jones says:

    Edgar Allen Poe is the smartest poet of all time. Read his poems and they will inspire you forever.

  84. joshua keele says:

    i think that it is pretty good

  85. Ashley's Baby says:

    I am doing a research paper for my English class. I hate this class but I love to read Edgar Allen Poe.

  86. Amanda says:

    In literature class we had to memorize and recite our favorite poem and this was a BIG help THANKS

  87. Cindy says:

    I had to do an assignment in Language arts and this helped so much! I was told to paraphrase every 108 line and this made it so much easier. THANX!!

  88. Regina says:

    Ah! What a grand poem this is. The best of Mr. Poe I do believe, nevertheless this ’tis a very good poem, very deep and meaningful.

  89. Ren says:

    I was assigned to read this poem today in class. It’s all about his wife and her death. Its so tragic.. she is in the room next to him dying while he’s writing this poem. He had already lost two other family members to “consumption” which is now called tuberculosis. (sp) He already knew what was going to come of her sickness. The only reason she lived for five more years was because she was so young.

  90. Mandy says:

    I like This Poem Alot We are studying poems in english and this poem is the main thing we are looking at right now and Edgar Allan Poe is a Very Good Writer!! I enjoy His Work Very Much..

  91. desmond says:

    more and more bring me more… this poem is my favorite poem surpasses all by far… a true chilling masterpiece dug up from the deep depths of the disturbed mind… one to be remembered forevermore

  92. jace says:

    i have a question rather than a comment. does lenore represent his dead wife(virginia), his ex-fiancee, or himslef? if you know the answer, please e-mail me at jacketdrummer@yahoo.com thx.

  93. kyle says:

    it made me my gay bother jake and my gay sister bri cry.

  94. Aaren Rivard says:

    This poem spoke to me. I’m only in 7th grade and I like it A LOT. At first he wanted the raven then he actually thought that it was a demon or devil. All the bird spoke “Nevermore”

  95. Audra Lee says:

    Hello fellow strangers…I’m doing my Senior theme research paper on Edgar Allen Poe…if any of you have any important or interesting information about this totally awesome and unique guy…please mail it to me! If you get it from a specific source please specify! Thanks! ~*~Audra Lee~*~

  96. Sara says:

    Elaine-that is quite a weird experience you had!
    I have no weird experiences to talk about, just the fact that this is my first time reading “The Raven” as well. There was a commenter a while back(Yes, I read all of the comments) that told people to use spellcheck if they were going to post comments. She should think about heeding her own advice. Just a thought. Anyway, this is a very well-written poem-it’s gr8. By the way, commenter 57 (Kyle from the U.S.)-your message is cute. I wonder if you’re cute in real life. Anyway, as was said before, Poe was a master at his craft.

  97. dylan Zechmen says:

    when i read this to my boyfriend it touch us both so much that we had to hug cry and kiss.

  98. jonny says:

    wow that is a way wierd poem it realy makes you wonder howbadly he missed lenore

  99. Elaine says:

    Have just read this poem for the very first time at age 47.My uncle who is a very spiritual person told me to read this poem after an incident I had this very morning.In Australia we call these birds “Crows” I was in my study at home on my PC & heard a loud tapping noise at the window thAT WAS 2 feet away from me. seeing my Daughter was sitting only feet away from me on the other side of the room & now knowing she was not outside playing a trick on me I pulled back the curtain. Outside the window on top of a container was a very large Crow & it was looking directly in through the window at me as if knowing I was in the room & was waiting for me to pull back thr curtain.I called for my Daughter to come & see ( 30 yrs old ) & she could not beleive it either. She spoke to him & he was going on in bird talk back at her but then I spoke asking “what is the matter” every time I spoke he moved closer & closer to the window until if it had not been for the insect screens on the window we could have touched him. The look was very direct at us & he was not like a usual bird that flitters around etc he was very calm & sat talking to us for about 2 minutes gazing straight at us at all times but even my Daughter said that even though he would acknoweldge her when she spoke it was as if it was me he had come to talk to. When he seemed to be finished speaking he jusy calmly took flight!
    I have over many years in Australia heard Aboriginal people say that the Crow if it appears before you or comes to you it is a sign of a death or some type of bad happenings. Does anyone know what does all this mean ! Please I will wait to hear from you!!!!!

    Elaine

  100. AnimeAximily says:

    This poem is awesome!

    I can’t beleave anyone could be so dark!

  101. kyle says:

    this poem is weird i just like writing stuff

  102. Kim Davis says:

    I Have also loved this poem for many years.
    I have to agree with everything that Aly Nanji said. It was exactly what I was going to post.
    Its a dreary poem of course, that was his intention but he made it so you couldn’t just read it once and get the jist of it. He wanted it to boggle your mind and make you want to re-read it to see what you missed and what connections you make to the subtle hints he has put in there. Its not just about a man who has sunken into deep depression over his Lenore. It also shows you that in the end, he has no choice but to accept her as never coming back. We have all been there. Someone we love has died and we sometimes think that we will greive later, when we are alone, or when we can fit it in our schedule and then one day, we have a memory or we see something that reminds us of that person and we totally loose it and have a mini-breakdown. I think that is what happened on this particular gloomy dreary night. Maybe there was a Raven, Maybe it was part of his delusional hysteria of mourning. But the Raven plays a significant part in how he deals with his own reality.
    I love this poem. I still may not understand it all. That is why I read it over and over again. Learning more about it each time. Its nice to see that other people are also doing that. That others relate to Mr. Poe’s Intelligent Life’s work. I agree it is a disgraceful shame that he was recognized for his great acheivements. Today he would have been a literary hero and probably on Good Morning America.
    All your opinions are very cool.

  103. JJohnson says:

    I’m choosing a poem to be recited at a music festival for a grade 9 student. I love the “Raven”, but perhaps it would be too “deep” for a young student.

  104. james says:

    HI,I think the raven is on of the best poems ever wrote E.A.poe is a great writer when I FIRST HEARD THE RAVEN I could not understand a word BUT I SAW …the simpsons!ITs soooooooo! cool.

  105. aly nanji says:

    “The Raven” uses several literary elements to amplify the mood the author wants the poem to have. Many literary uses included internal rhymes, and alliteration.

    I interpreted that the poem was about the man in the poem mourning over “Lenore.” {His dead lover}

    I think Edgar tries to express the fight “death {the raven}—life {days of Yore}” after he lost Lenore. I think at the end he realizes that he really lost Lenore forever and that death won {and my soul out of the shadow {…} shall be lifted nevermore…
    Maybe this poem links to Edgar’s own life, and his own wife who died, and all the feelings that the man in the poem had was the same feelings Edgar had when his wife died.

    This poem was about the main character’s struggle about his lost love Lenore, and how the Raven was reminding him of how death won, and Lenore can never come back.

  106. Rebecca says:

    I Loved this poem…….. because the way the dictor from the show the “simpsons” used it was AMAZING and it really caught me I LOVED IT!

  107. bri white says:

    i got so hot when i first read this

  108. todd kerber says:

    i loved this poem so much that i cried

  109. nick vera says:

    i love this poem so much it made me cry

  110. sebastian aulenbach says:

    this has moved so many pepole i’m one of them. this was the gate way to poetry.

  111. Loida says:

    Poe’s work is to be enjoyed and loved. He is truly amazing in his works of art. I truly admire and cherish his work. He truly is an ispiration for my own segments of turmoil and literary adventures.

    I will accept emails from people who only have worth while opinions or conversations to offer.

    ~Loida~

  112. kazimer says:

    People in this forum abuse the word gothic. Gothic is just a misinterpretation, because gothic refers to a persons style of life or something to do dark ages in Europe describing the style of building. So please it pains me to see people using the word gothic to describe such a beautiful poem. This Raven was written before the use of that word in such a mannor. So in short utilize better words to describe The Raven or any of Poe’s works.

  113. Kamil says:

    i just dont understand what the raven symbolizes.

  114. Jared says:

    I can’t help but read this poem over and over again. Edgar Allen Poe was not only a good poet but his poetry really talks to the person. Some people may not understand it yet because they might be young or they might be blind to the truth but He is a great poet. Even though he made Dark an gloomy poems, he was a happy man. So grats to him.

  115. Alma says:

    I am not going to comment on what others have written because we all have different opinions and I can’t force mine on others. But here’s what I believe.

    This is my favorite poem and you have to read it over many times to fully comprehend the depth and the meaning behind it. Poe used the Raven to simbolize his grief over the death of his beloved Lenore (and perhaps guilt as well?). Then there’s the fact that the raven perches on the bust of Pallas, the Roman goddess of wisdom, and yet the narrator says that the only thing the raven speaks is its ‘only stock and store’. Also, the narrator knows what the raven will answer but continues to question him, showing the self-torture he puts himself through.

    There is a lot more to be seen in this poem but I really can’t think of any more.

  116. daryl says:

    well…when i read this poem, at first i didn’t know what is really all about and it required me to reread the poem. this poem is so nice and it challenges you. Poe is really an intelligent and artistic poet… he’s my favorite.

  117. Larry says:

    The Raven

    First of all, why can’t people write more meaningful comments than, ‘it rocks, dude’.

    The Raven rocks, dude! (sorry, just kidding)

    This is a poem to read in dim light when you are in the right mood. Read it as if you are the person in the poem, going insane. It is downright scary.

    ‘Nevermore’ That one word repeated by the Raven, is all that is left of Lenore. Nevermore, nevermore. It haunts the man and drives hiim insane. Nevermore.

  118. jackie maggio says:

    this poem is the best poem in the world

  119. Kurtis says:

    Poe is one of the most talented poets of all time I can read his poems for hours on end!

  120. kurtis barg says:

    this is a good poem for any age or size!!!!!

  121. Scarlet says:

    this poem rocks. i love all edgar allan’s poe poems but the raven is my favorite.i am pretty sure i still dont really understand it,but if any one could really explain it 2 me it would be great!!!!!!

  122. Ricky Jones says:

    I love the raven before I read this I didn’t like these kinds of poems but the raven pass’s my test but i still hate ravens

  123. ashley says:

    i like this peom b/c it tells how he lived and some what relates to me when i lost my mom

  124. Raven Feathers says:

    Dark, Gothic, Trendy, In? Is that what thou seeks to resect the art of writing? Speak no more, cease the flow of lore, and “Quoth the poet, nevermore”

    *Slips on a pair of tacky sunglasses*

  125. Dan says:

    i truly dissagree with those who think this poem is gothic. Its more about the dispair of Poe. Grief is an emotion that doesn’t really wan’t to leave. Just like the raven wouldn’t leave.

  126. Phillip says:

    This poem is one of great sincerity by Poe, one that is a very personal topic that he shared with the world. His thoughts and emotions are presented in this wonderful piece of literary gold. All the symbolism in it, the wonderful imagery, all provides an insight into every person’s own soul. By the way, I personally believe that nearly every symbolic object or character in this story is multi-faceted, it does not have just one meaning. Look at the Raven. A symbol of Grief, Death, Knowledge, the phases of Life, all of these. Also, those who say this poem is garbage, terrible, his worst, they present themselves as not understanding it. Why do they believe this poem is so bad? Explain it please. Phillip, 16 years old.

  127. corey says:

    this poem is one ofhis bestbesides anna bell lee

  128. Magda says:

    The essence of really gothic poem about the most beautiful bird in the world:)

  129. Dannielle Austin says:

    i pesonally and absulutaly loved tis poem.. although the first time that I read i didn’t exctly understand it. my literature teacher read it to us and then i looked it up on the internet. and when i read it by myself i LOVED it.. i have seen the simpson’s version and i didn’t like it.
    e-mail me or im me if you’d like to chat

  130. sally says:

    this poem is the best to me and i really dont know why it just make me and my friend feel sad about stuff and it is a great poem to any one who reads it… or it should be…

    ~*sally*~

  131. abbe humphries says:

    i find this poem very complicated to understand, you have to read this poem several times to realise the meanings. when i read it several times i slowly understood it and enjoyed reading it. i also had to look up lots of words to help me understand it.

  132. kyle says:

    I think this poem was really cool the different comments helped me understand it better and i really like what the poem had to say it was very interesting to think about the way that this man’s mind worked and how he saw in the raven an omen of his lost love its almost crazed how much thought he put into the writing of the poem so that you almost feel like you’re talking to him about the experience instead of reading it in a poem. I would read it a few times if i were you its truly great

  133. tye says:

    I agree with Jessica. I always feel so sad when an artist isnt acknowledged until after his death. I looooooove this poem. I read it all the time. This is my absolute favorite. Its great to see other people share my love for poe. Hey Jessica, call me.
    281-398-2110!

  134. Sasha Hahn says:

    I’m in the 8th grade and was required to read “The Raven”. At first I understood nothing about the poem…but after my teacher explained some of it and pointed out certain details I realized what he was saying. I’ve never saw the Simpsons version of the Raven but if someone happens to have please email me.

  135. Robby says:

    I only read this poem recently when my boyfriend stated that it was one of his favourtite poems. After reading it out aloud, i love it. Dont know how i have gone so long without even reading it or knowing about it. Thanx.

  136. Gav says:

    dark and gloomy, I think that edgar allen poe is trying to make others think of how gloomy death can be.
    Lighten up, pal!

  137. fredie Joe says:

    Dude I love this poem!! I so agree with Saint Valentine!! Everyone should read it!!!Actually I think this poem is stupid!!LYLPeace out my homie dawgs!!

  138. Saint Valentine says:

    Wow i absolutly adore this rock on poem. The way that poe man writes it makes me wanna bust out with a wipeout. Dude this dark, gothic stuff is so tatally in. It is just wicked!!!tthis story shows sich a deep story about love!! its on the topp of my list!!

  139. granitefox says:

    I love this poem,I’m 11 years old,but i can still relate to his loss of lenore.He is heartbroken, and tries to keep his mind off it (with forgotten tales of yore). A truely amazing poem if you take the time to look past it’s confusing launguage.Oh,and chrissy needs to take time to accually read it to understand it!

  140. Jamie says:

    Poe’s poem, the Raven was real touching to me. I read it in our class, and afterwards watched the simpsons version of it. I couldnt laugh at the simpsons one because i was thinking to hard about the actual poem. If you read it very slowly, stopping after every paragraph to think about what happened in that paragraph, you will be awestruck. It is amazing. I love this poem, and I always will. (and guys, c’mon, cut the frikken stuff about it being gothic. Its just spooky, thats all… it doesnt have to be gothic to be spooky.)

  141. Susan says:

    Terra, I love your post. I fell off my couch, I was laughing so hard. Anyway, The Raven is a fantastic poem and perhaps Poe’s best. Poe truly strikes me as a starving artist, and he pours so much emotion into this poem. Undoubtedly, he was haunted by his loss, and perhaps other regrets from his life – things that I too am starting to relate to more and more the older I get. I always think of Poe on Halloween.

  142. Terra says:

    all though i am only 11 and in 6th grade i know good litericher when i see it. my teacher has talt me all about poems for he has wrighten a book about poems. I am probly the youngest person who admiers ager alen poe. And yes, i did see the simsons episod, but this is by far better.
    great littericher, and nothing more.

  143. Rita says:

    Its dark and emotional to its thought of word of what he wrote. I for one love “The Raven” its one for my favorite poems from him. My second one would be “For Annie” its just something about his poetry and not to mention his stories that he wrote. For a man who seems to be dark and mysterious to his work of art I would give him thumbs up. :p

  144. shannon says:

    Hands dowm,Poe,is a literary genius.But it is HIGHLY doubtful that he mastered these pieces to be cool or goth for that matter.He probably had a deep ,passionate feeling about something,and this is the end result of his expressions.
    And before some of you post opinions,you need to learn how to spell….or use spellcheck.

  145. Jeremy says:

    Edgar Allan Poe is by far my favorite poet. And the Raven my favorite of his poems. He holds none of his feelings back, he conveys all of them through his works. I’ve been reading his works for the past 14 years. I never get tired of them. I can definitely identify with what he’s saying. I’ve lost loved ones and have known grief and depression. If we were rating poets, out of 5 (5 being the best), I’d give Poe a 10. He really puts his feelings on the line for all to see. That’s what I love about him and admire about his work. It’s so revealing. I’m just now dedicating myself to writing poetry, I see Poe as both my role model and teacher. Finally, if there was one person living or dead I’d want to meet, of course it’d be Poe.

  146. Crystal says:

    Did you know that the original poem of “The Raven” was actually, “The Owl”. He first wrote the poem with an owl instead of a raven, but changed the title and the poem to fit, “The Raven”. Good thing cause a NFL football team called the Baltimore Owls would just sound retarted (if you didn’t know the Baltimore Ravens were named after Poe’s poem).

  147. jace says:

    i think the raven in the poem isn’t actually a raven, but just a part of poe’s concious. this may be a stretch, but doesn’t it seem to suggest that maybe his concious is getting to him about something concerning lenore’s death. i can go even further in wondering maybe he had something to do with her death. i know some may disagree, but when he mentions how this raven won’t go away, it makes me wonder that the reason it won’t leave becuz he’s guilty and can’t quiet his own guilty concious. i’m not trying to strike a nerve, just a little cognitive creativity.

  148. Jessica says:

    Poe is by far my favorite poet. I have been researching him forever it seems. I love his work, and this is one of my favorites. I wish he was more respected when he was alive :'(

  149. Ryan Brannon says:

    This is my favorite of Poe’s poems and perhaps my favorite poem of all. I first read it in fifth or sixth grade at night and I couldn’t sleep forever. I’d go to bed and I’d hear in the background that dumb bird talking in that grim foreboding voice, “Nevermore.” Even today I love to read The Raven.

  150. Bailey says:

    I love the phrase, “Quoth the raven,” it is so haunting, and sings of impending tragedy

  151. john says:

    i saw the simpsons versio- it was hilarious
    eat my shorts lol

  152. Liz says:

    When i was back in the Dominican Republic, i was assigned on my literature class to make a “recital” (in this kind of activity we -students- recived a poet`s name by our teacher, and had to make a “play”-sort of-, by investigating the poet`s life, his poems, and memorize some of the -at least 2-, make some scenography, and recite his/her poems, and try to make other students feel what the poet was trying to communicate), so when i looking for some of E. A. Poe`s poems i definitelly fell in love with “THE RAVEN”, because it is such a deep story about this guy who lost his love: Lenore, and when the raven reached him he was in such pain that he even thougt that the raven was talking to him, but the raven was only repeating this word he heard from his owner:NEVERMORE. But the young man kept on hurting himself, by asking the raven about his lost love, but raven only answered:Nevermore. The part of the poem that i find more exciting and that gives it a realistic touch is the final part, when E. A Poe describes the raven sitting on the bust of Palas(a goddess of the greek mitology, who was killed for being superior(more intelligent than most man in that time, which was considered an offense), and the eyes of the raven!!!, now if i ever see a craw( or raven), i wont see it the same way i did before reading this poem, i definitelly love E. A. Poe`s writing style, not for being gothic, but for the misterious thing that he impressed on whatever he wrote that always makes me want to know how is it going to end.Well…i only had to say this…and nothing more!..lol.

  153. Cady says:

    this is not a gothic poem!Poe tries to express the fight “death(the raven)–life(days of Yore)” after he lost Lenore.At the end he recognises that he really lost Lenore for ever and the death won (and my soul out of the shaddow(…)shal be lifted nevermore…
    keep this gothic-trash away.

  154. kayla says:

    i love dark poetry and i hate ppl who say they like dark poetry to sound gothic.(erm… jillian…) any way i like the poem. gothic is ok by the way. im not but its ok i have alot of gothic friends
    later-kayla

  155. Jillian says:

    I think that this is a great poem. When i was first assigned to read it in English i was not a very happy person. Once i read it and fully understood it i loved it and was glad that the teacher made us read it. I think that everyone should be required to read this poem. It is great! If anyone might need help in understanding it please feel free to e-mail me or IM me! Kewljsg65@aol.com or Jillybean08@aol.com
    Love Always! Jilly

  156. Shachar says:

    When I first read the poem ‘The Raven’ I did not understand most of it… To understand I first had to look up some words and then I reread over and over again to understand what it truely says…
    I found the part where he opens the door to find noone and wispers the name Lenore very heart touching, I found the raven to be truely ominous and I just about sensed what Poe tried to convey in this poem.
    Over all I do think that this is a very good poem if not more than that.

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