[blockquote source=”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,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”
I remember having to memorise the first few stanza of “The Raven” when I was in junior high. It was this poem that first turned me on to poetry in general, along with Robert Frost’s poem Dust of Snow. Poe first published “The Raven” 169 years ago today. The poem tells the tale of a distraught lover’s slow descent into madness. The Raven was noted for it’s musicality, stylised language and supernatural atmosphere.
Listen to Christopher Walken read The Raven:
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