"The Raven" depicts a mysterious raven's midnight visit to a mourning narrator, as illustrated by John Tenniel
"The Raven" is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in January 1845. It tells the story of a mysterious talking raven who visits a lover; it shows how the lover is slowly going insane. It is often called Poe's most famous poem, its publication made him famous in his day, and today it is still one of the most recognized and respected poems in American literature.
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"Not the least obeisance made he", as illustrated by Gustave Doré (1884)
The raven perches on a bust of Pallas Athena, a symbol of wisdom meant to imply the narrator is a scholar. Illustration by Édouard Manet for Stéphane Mallarmé's translation, Le Corbeau (1875).
The Raven and Other Poems, Wiley and Putnam, New York, 1845.
An illustration by Édouard Manet, from Mallarmé's translation, depicting the first two lines of the poem.
Gustave Doré's illustration of the final lines of the poem accompanies the phrase "And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor/Shall be lifted--nevermore!"