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The Raven (by E.A. Poe)


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This classic poem receives new life, sort of, as my contribution to Hallowe'en 2014. The piece was inspired, yet again, by the background track which is an Alchemy preset. The poem was a lot of fun to read and doesn't contain half the amount of horror, terror, or even fright as most people imagine. I hope you enjoy this nearly nine minute bit of storytelling. The artwork is by Paul Green. Happy Hallowe'en!
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The Raven

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 the threat 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!


Edgar Allan Poe
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PeterB7858 said 1124 days ago (October 25th, 2014)
The Raven (by E.A. Poe)
Really enjoyed this, Richard. Great job with the reading. Excellent timing and clarity. Wonderfully atmospheric. I've gone from the beer bottle funk of the 'Hounds to this classic. You gotta love MJ! Take care, Peter.
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richard13 said 1123 days ago (October 27th, 2014)
Thanks Peter
Variety, they say, is the spice of MJ.
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Skean said 1124 days ago (October 26th, 2014)
The Raven (by E.A. Poe)
Enjoyed to my morning coffee, cheers.
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richard13 said 1123 days ago (October 27th, 2014)
Cheers back at ya, bro
I loved your "noise".
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KCsGROOVE said 1122 days ago (October 28th, 2014)
the raven
read this in my younger days
excellent piece
very much enjoyed
KC
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richard13 said 1120 days ago (October 30th, 2014)
Thanks
for stopping by and commenting. Glad you enjoyed.
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Char said 1122 days ago (October 28th, 2014)
Altogether,
a real neat ditty. And I love Poe: The poster boy for goths. You did great. Thanks.
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richard13 said 1120 days ago (October 30th, 2014)
Hey,
it's great to see you back. If I'd known you were such a Poe fan I'd have done this earlier ;-)
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announcer said 1121 days ago (October 29th, 2014)
Nice
You might like this piece I submitted several,years ago. It is called "suddenly there came a tapping"

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richard13 said 1120 days ago (October 30th, 2014)
Howdy Bill
Happy you like mine and you know I like yours. Thanks for the visit and the reference.
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Narad said 1121 days ago (October 29th, 2014)
The Raven
"The Raven" by Poe was my school leaving oral examination 42 years ago ! Thanks for remembering me one of those crucial moments in my
life ! :)
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richard13 said 1120 days ago (October 30th, 2014)
Thanks Harald
Happy to have reminded you.
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Philip18 said 1121 days ago (October 29th, 2014)
The Raven
Poe was a genius. Good to hear this, Richard.
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richard13 said 1120 days ago (October 30th, 2014)
Can't argue that
Well, I could but it would be half-hearted (which might be appropriate for Poe). Thanks, Philip.
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michaeljayklein said 1119 days ago (October 31st, 2014)
Very eldtrich and atmosphere...
..and Vincent Price ain't got a shade on you with the recital of Mr. Poe's acknowledged masterpiece of the macabre. This is not one to listen to in the dark! Thanks Richard for this special Halloween offering and a big BOO to you and yours! Michael
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richard13 said 1119 days ago (October 31st, 2014)
and a big BOO right back at ya Michael
You must sleep with a nightlight. Macabre maybe, eldritch for sure, but not scary.

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lyzak said 1119 days ago (October 31st, 2014)
Nice Delivery
This will be great to listen to again driving. Thanks! Hadn't read or heard since high school.
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richard13 said 1119 days ago (October 31st, 2014)
Thanks
I don't think I've heard it recently either. I thought of it after rejecting "Teddy Bears' Picnic".
Seriously ;-)

Enjoy the drive(s).
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VicDiesel said 1119 days ago (October 31st, 2014)
Spoken
Muchly enjoyed. Yes, that preset suggests spooky storytelling.
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richard13 said 1119 days ago (October 31st, 2014)
As I said
it was the inspiration, but see above for the first lyrics I thought of reading.
Thanks for the muchly.
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davisamerica said 1119 days ago (October 31st, 2014)
Back in the day
8th grade was an introduction to American Literature..... One of the first assignments was Poe and this work. I hated it. I wish we had this as a guide! Great backer and even better delivery, indeed. Good one man..... come to Texas I owe you a beer
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egobandit said 1118 days ago (November 1st, 2014)
Nice
Mr Poe is my favorite
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Ultrabeast said 1116 days ago (November 3rd, 2014)
Way to make something old into something new
Like the ambient synths here.
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Warren Smith said 1112 days ago (November 7th, 2014)
Night's Plutonian shore
Your soundtrack and reading perfectly capture the gloominess of Poe's lengthy recital piece. Nice work!
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