Raven, The


noun

a lyric poem (1845) by Edgar Allan Poe.

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Cultural definitions for Raven, The

“The Raven”

(1845) A poem by Edgar Allan Poe. A man mourning for his lost lover is visited by a raven that tells him he will see her “nevermore.” The poem begins with these famous lines:

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 someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
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