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The Raven

Edgar Allan Poe

Book Overview: 

Perhaps Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous poem, the “Raven” is a macabre exploration of a man, his memories of Lenore, and the black bird that interrupts his studies on a dark December night, with tap-tap-tapping at his chamber door.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Illustration21">"'Tell me truly, I implore—Is there—is there balm in Gilead?—tell me—tell me, I implore!'" W. Zimmermann. "'Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore.'" F.S. King. "'Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!' I shrieked, upstarting." W. Zimmermann. "'Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!'" Robert Hoskin. "And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted—nevermore!" R.G. Tietze. The secret of the Sphinx. R. Staudenbaur.





The secret of a poem, no less than a jest's prosperity, lies in the ear of him that hears it. Yield to its spell, accept the poet's mood: this, after all, is what the sages answer when you ask them of its value. Even though the poet himsel. . . Read More

Community Reviews

And boyhood is a summer sun
Whose waning is the dreariest one—
For all we live to know is known,
And all we seek to keep hath flown—

Let life, then, as the day-flower, fall
With the noon-day beauty— which is all.


Edouart Manet, Il corvo, illustrazione per una traduzione francese della piú conosciuta poesia di Poe

Selezione di 20 poesie che, per quanto ho potuto vedere, rappresentano il meglio della produzione di Poe. Fuori della raccolta ho letto Peana, Il castello incantato

Be nothing which thou art not.

Overview 4/5 stars

I don't read much of any poetry. Apart from poems I've read for school (way back when), this is my first book of poetry I've ever read. I will be reading more poetry from now on as I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Poe is well known for the Raven, which every

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