The Raven

The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe

This is by far one of the greatest poems ever written, does anyone else have comments on this poem, what it means to them, or any other poetry that my tip my fancy?

This poem is awesome.

There really isn’t much to talk about.

The Raven is all nice and angsty, but The Conqueror Worm is superior. Seriously, The Raven is eaten by The Conqueror Worm.

That is because the conqueror worm eats everything.

Where can i view this poem?

"Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore’ "
You gotta love it :slight_smile:
‘The Telltale Heart’ isn’t too bad either…I like Poes work

He was depressed, psycho, and an opium addict, his work is crazily good.

I like Vincent Price’s telling of The Raven in Cinematic Format.

I like The Simpson’s telling of The Raven in Cartoon Format.

Google yields about 1.0x10^41 results. Here’s one.

I like the Raven because the Raven isn’t the creepy part. It’s just a Myna bird who some asshole taught to say: “Nevermore,” over and over again.

It’s the guy’s own craziness that drives him over the edge.

Yeats > Poe, however.

BEING out of heart with government
I took a broken root to fling
Where the proud, wayward squirrel went,
Taking delight that he could spring;
And he, with that low whinnying sound
That is like laughter, sprang again
And so to the other tree at a bound.
Nor the tame will, nor timid brain,
Bred that fierce tooth and cleanly limb
And threw him up to laugh on the bough;
No government appointed him

Through winter-time we call on spring,
And through the spring on summer call,
And when abounding hedges ring
Declare that winter’s best of all;
And after that there’s nothing good
Because the spring-time has not come —
Nor know that what disturbs our blood
Is but our longing for the tomb.

In fact, Yeats > *

For me, that poem doesn’t flow as well, but it’s still pretty good.

I like The Bells, myself. The conqueror worm is good, but it’s too short for what it is. And it’s not as deliciously rhymey and sing-songey as the raven.

The Bells rules because you’ve got progressive retellings of the same story, with the happy parts short, or fleeting, and the sorrow and horror long, all-consuming.

Poe was a genius for summoning horrors out of other people’s subconscious. One of the best quotes in the history of man will always be:

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before;”



“It writhes! It writhes! with mortal pangs
The mimes become its food”


Although “The Conqueror Worm” would make a great supervillain name/cameo in Best One Yet.

Comments about it? Sure…I consider The Raven to be the greatest piece of Dark Poetry ever penned by any hand. It is not just the material, but the way it is done…get someone with a deep voice to talk through it, and note the subtleties…it just sounds creepy, all the more in a way because it is simply what it is…just a raven, and nothing more, rapping at the chamber door, gently rapping at the door, while he read forgotten lore.