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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 12:49 pm    Post subject: Nevermore Reply with quote


Edgar Allen 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 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 named 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 mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness 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 blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door -
Bird or beast above 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 sad soul 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 lamp-light gloated o'er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
`Wretch,' I cried, `thy God hath lent thee - by these angels he has 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 named Lenore -
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?'
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

`Be that word our sign of 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 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!

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love E. A. P. and I think other people should too. >.> Especially this poem. If you love Edgar Allen Poe and all his poems, then post here! If you don't then still post here. The more the merrier...and we can convert you to love his poems too!

I suppose there should be some rules though.

1.) You must follow Da Rules!!! They are law!

2.) Be nice.

3.) I'll add more if I think of any.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

reserved

Come talk to me! I'm lonely! Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HELLO.
I shall talk.

Can't say I'm a huge fan of Poe, though I don't dislike him. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just like some of his poetry it's really interesting. In my opinion anyway.

How are you doing today though?
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't read much poetry, tbh. Razz
I do like Robert Frost, but he's the only poet I like that I can name off the top of my head.

I'm good, thanks.
Gotta make some revision posters, and stuff...
How's you?
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm alright. My stomach is acting up, but other then that just ducky.

I love to read all sorts of stuff. Robert Frost and Poe are really my two favorites for poetry though. Other then that I just try to stick with fictional writing, usually fantasy sometimes Sci-fi...or sometimes biology books.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahh, I hope you feel better soon. Is there something you can take?

Awesome. Razz I'm actually kind of jealous... I can't sit still and read anymore... it's sad. I used to be such a bookworm!
But yeah. /highfives FOR SCIENCE
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry to hear that you can't really read anymore. That really does suck. Reading is such a fun pass time. I should read more then I do, actually. I have plenty of time for it.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah you should! It really sucks when you get out of the habit.
I have 6 books waiting on me to get my butt moving. XD Heh.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I fully intend to. I have plenty of time during the day being as I'm not a stay at home mom. I'll probably start reading something later tonight.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome.
What're you planning on reading?
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Either The Hunger Games or The Long Walk.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds interesting!
People keep telling me I need to read the hunger games. o3o
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got it for my husband because that man can destroy some books. We really need to get a library card, we just can't afford to buy books fast enough for him. So I need to read that book now because he's said it's really good and we tend to have similar tastes in books. My father suggested The Long Walk after I told him what the Hunger Games was about. He said they seem to have a similar premise, though different ways of going about it.

Basically, in The Long Walk, people have to go for...a long walk. If they stop or fall then they die. So basically, once they start they have to make it to the end. Whoever can make it to the end, though, can have anything and everything that they want. So it sounds interesting as well. It also has the added bonus of being a Stephen King book.
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