Near a Raven
Midnights so dreary, tired and weary.
Silently pondering volumes extolling all by-now
During my rather long nap - the weirdest tap!
An ominous vibrating sound disturbing my
"This", I whispered
quietly, "I ignore".
Perfectly, the intellect remembers: the ghostly fires, a
Inflamed by lightning's outbursts, windows cast
penumbras upon this floor.
Sorrowful, as one mistreated, unhappy thoughts I heeded:
That inimitable lesson in elegance - Lenore -
Ominously, curtains parted (my serenity outsmarted),
And fear overcame my being - the fear of
Fearful foreboding abided, selfish sentiment confided,
As I said, "Methinks mysterious traveler
A man is visiting, of age
Taking little time, briskly addressing something:
"Tell what source originates clamorous
Disturbing sleep unkindly, is it you a-tapping, so slyly?
Why, devil incarnate!--" Here completely
unveiled I my antedoor--
Just darkness, I ascertained -
While surrounded by darkness then, I persevered to clearly
I perceived the weirdest dream...of everlasting
Quite, quite, quick nocturnal doubts fled - such relief! - as
my intellect said,
(Desiring, imagining still) that perchance the
apparition was uttering a whispered "Lenore".
This only, as evermore.
Silently, I reinforced, remaining anxious, quite scared,
While intrusive tap did then come thrice - O,
so stronger than sounded afore.
"Surely" (said silently) "it was the banging,
clanging window lattice."
Glancing out, I quaked, upset by horrors
Completely disturbed, I said, "Utter, please, what
Repose, relief, cessation, or but more dreary
The bird intruded thence - O, irritation ever since! -
Then sat on Pallas' pallid bust, watching me (I
sat not, therefore),
Bemused by raven's dissonance, my soul exclaimed, "I
Explain thy purpose, or soon cease intoning
"Nevermores", winged corvus proclaimed - thusly was a raven named?
Actually maintain a surname, upon Pluvious
I heard an oppressive
My sentiments extremely pained, to perceive an utterance
Most interested, mystified, a meaning I hoped
"Surely," said the raven's watcher, "separate
discourse is wiser.
Therefore, liberation I'll obtain, retreating
Eliminating all the 'nevermores'".
Still, the detestable raven just remained, unmoving, on
Always saying "never" (by a red
A poor, tender heartache maven - a sorrowful bird - a raven!
O, I wished thoroughly, forthwith, that he'd
Still sitting, he recited
The raven's dirge induced alarm - "nevermore"
I meditated: "Might its utterances
summarize of a calamity before?"
O, a sadness was manifest - a sorrowful cry of unrest;
"O," I thought sincerely, "it's
a melancholy great - furthermore,
Removing doubt, this explains
Seizing just that moment to sit - closely, carefully,
advancing beside it,
Sinking down, intrigued, where velvet cushion
A creature, midnight-black, watched there - it studied my
Wherefore, explanations my insight entreated
Silently, I pondered the
"Disentangle, nefarious bird! Disengage - I am
Intently its eye burned, raising the cry within
"That delectable Lenore - whose velvet pillow this was,
Departed thence, unsettling my consciousness
She's returning - that maiden -
Since, to me, that thought was madness, I renounced
Continuing on, I soundly, adamantly forswore:
"Wretch," (addressing blackbird only) "fly
swiftly - emancipate me!"
"Respite, respite, detestable raven - and
discharge me, I implore!"
A ghostly answer of:
"'Tis a prophet? Wraith? Strange devil? Or the
"Answer, tempter-sent creature!", I
inquired, like before.
"Forlorn, though firmly undaunted, with 'nevermores'
Is everything depressing, generating great
I am subdued!", I then
In answer, the raven turned - relentless distress it
"Comfort, surcease, quiet, silence!"
- pleaded I for.
"Will my (abusive raven!) sorrows persist unabated?
Nevermore Lenore respondeth?", adamantly I
The appeal was ignored.
"O, satanic inferno's denizen -- go!", I said
boldly, standing then.
"Take henceforth loathsome
"nevermores" - O, to an ugly Plutonian shore!
Let nary one expression, O bird, remain still here, replacing
Promptly leave and retreat!", I resolutely
Blackbird's riposte: "nevermore".
So he sitteth, observing always, perching ominously on
Squatting on the stony bust so untroubled, O
Suffering stark raven's conversings, so I am condemned,
To a nightmare cursed, containing miseries
Thus henceforth, I'll rise (from
a darkness, a grave) -- nevermore!