Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The Raven #2

John James Audubon, 1827-1838

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.'

The Eighth Stanza of Edgar Alan Poe's The Raven

Illustration for The Raven
by Gustave Doré 1883

Edgar Allan Poe, 1848
Photo: Edwin H. Manchester

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