Friday, October 31, 2014

Poetry Monster Loves Halloween

The Raven
By Edgar Allan 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 name Lenore—
    Nameless here for evermore...

by Tabatha and Elena

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.

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.”

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jama said...

Yes, we must revisit this classic poem every year! Happy to see Poetry Monster again. Will you be wearing poeka dots tonight? :)

LInda Baie said...

It remained a favorite with my students all the years, Tabatha. I'm glad you shared it today! Love your illustration, too!

Bridget Magee said...

Oooh! A hauntingly perfect poem for today, Tabatha! Thanks for sharing! =)

Jone said...

There are some great classic poems for October 31.

Donna Smith said...

Thought I'd made a comment but don't see it...
anyway, thanks for sharing this classic!

Tara Smith said...

A classic! I used to have a recording of it years ago that I'd play to set the mood for my kids.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Now my Halloween season is complete! Thanks to you and Poetry Monster for knowing just what I needed.