The Raven

Today began with its usual upbeat emotional feeling.  However, there was a niggling sensation of something slightly amiss. I pondered it as objectively as a person can at a very early hour of the morning.

Later, the day continued with friends’ complaints of aches and pains accompanied by some grumpiness.  Where there were no complaints, I noticed only a tense silence.  I wondered about these aberations taking place during an otherwise pleasant day.  It seemed unsettling. Perhaps the sensation was the spark to select today’s historical bluejayblog post topic.Raven_PoePortrait

On this date in 1854, Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, “The Raven” was first released in print by the “New York Evening Mirror”.

“…While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door
—              Only this and nothing more.”

An anonymous narrator reads “forgotten lore” in an effort to soothe the loss of his lover, Lenore.  He finally answers the rapping at his door.  A raven enters the man’s apartment then perches on a bust of Pallas Athena, the Goddess of wisdom.

The selection of a raven is important in that ravens are a literary symbol often depicting night and unauspiciousness. Ravens were thought of as messengers from the afterlife and the Roman God of the Underworld, Pluto.  The poet says he chose the Raven_inflightPD - CopyRaven to symbolize a mournful, never-ending memory.

The narrator asks the bird whether or not Lenore had ascended into heaven. The Raven replies, “Nevermore”. The bird’s reply of “Nevermore” to further questioning provides an etheric, frightful note to the rather dark poem. You can read the entire work at this location:

The darkness and mystery, for which Edgar Allan Poe is famous, is at once obvious.  The depth of the creepiness is almost overwhelming.  For the person wanting to push the limits of her or his emotional sensations, “The Raven” remains one of the most deeply unnerving examples of Poe’s craft.  The feelings will haunt the reader long after the reading session has ended.

Poe’s public readings of “The Raven” were widely acclaimed. It’s too bad that his sonorous renditions of the poem could not have been captured on a recording for posterity. Hence, we are only left with the verse, “Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore'”.


The Blue Jay of Happiness recommends Emily Dickinson’s poem called “The Blue Jay”.  It’s at this link:

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An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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2 Responses to The Raven

  1. Philipp says:

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or
    copyright violation? My blog has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any techniques to help stop content from being stolen? I’d certainly appreciate it.

    • swabby429 says:

      The easiest way to avoid problems is to write what you know. Avoid copy/paste temptations. When you actually use someone else’s content, make sure it is in the public domain in your jurisdiction. As in the case of this poem, I made doubly sure to ensure it is in the public domain. If you are publishing to the web, there is no real way to guarantee that other people will practice these same measures. Technically, if you write it, you own it. But the web is fluid and people will lift content. Unless you can employ a team of lawyers, there is little you can do about this.

      I allow that if I wrote something for the web, it will likely be used by someone without my permission at sometime by someone who disregards ethical behavior. If I write something I want more secure and private, I don’t post to the web. I wish there was a better solution, but the nature of the WWW is counter to the old ways.

      Thanks for checking in.

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