Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many quaint curious volume of forgotten lore-- nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came tapping, As some one gently rapping, at my chamber door. 'Tis visiter,' muttered, ' -- Only this nothing more.' , distinctly remember it was in the bleak December; each separate dying ember wrought its ghost floor. Eagerly wished morrow;--vainly had sought to borrow From books surcease sorrow-- for lost Lenore-- rare radiant maiden whom angels name -- Nameless here evermore. silken, sad, uncertain rustling purple curtain Thrilled me--filled with fantastic terrors never felt before; So that now, still beating heart, stood repeating ' entreating entrance -- late ;-- is .' Presently soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, 'Sir,' said , 'or Madam, truly your forgiveness implore; But fact , you , faintly , , scarce sure heard '-- opened wide ; Darkness . Deep into peering, long wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams mortal ever dared dream ; silence unbroken, stillness gave token, word spoken whispered , ' !' , an echo murmured back ' !' Merely . turning, all within burning, Soon again somewhat louder than . 'Surely,' , ' something window lattice; Let see, , what thereat , mystery explore-- be moment ;-- ' wind !' Open flung shutter, when, flirt flutter stepped stately Raven saintly days yore. Not least obeisance made he; minute stopped stayed ; , mien lord lady, perched above -- bust Pallas just -- , sat, . ebony bird beguiling fancy smiling, By grave stern decorum countenance wore, 'Though thy crest shorn shaven, thou,' , 'art craven, Ghastly grim ancient wandering Nightly shore-- Tell lordly on Night's Plutonian !' Quoth ' .' Much marvelled ungainly fowl hear discourse plainly, answer little meaning-- relevancy bore; we cannot help agreeing living human being yet blessed seeing his -- beast sculptured , such ' .' , sitting lonely placid , spoke , if did outpour. farther uttered-- feather fluttered-- Till scarcely 'Other friends have flown -- will leave , hopes .' ' .' Startled broken reply aptly , 'Doubtless,' , ' utters stock store Caught unhappy master unmerciful Disaster Followed fast faster songs burden -- dirges Hope melancholy ' -- .' , Straight wheeled cushioned seat front ; , velvet sinking, betook myself linking unto , thinking ominous -- , , , gaunt, Meant croaking ' .' engaged guessing, syllable expressing whose fiery eyes burned bosom's core; divining, head ease reclining cushion's lining lamp-light gloated o'er, violet gloating , She shall press, ah, ! , methought, air denser, perfumed unseen censer Swung Seraphim foot-falls tinkled tufted . 'Wretch,' cried, ' God hath lent thee-- these sent Respite-- nepenthe memories ; Quaff, oh kind forget !' ' .' 'Prophet!' , 'thing evil! , devil!-- Whether Tempter , tempest tossed ashore, Desolate undaunted, desert land enchanted-- home Horror haunted-- , -- -- balm Gilead?-- -- , !' ' .' ' !' , ' !-- , ! Heaven bends us-- both adore laden , distant Aidenn, clasp sainted -- .' ' .' ' our sign parting, fiend!' shrieked, upstarting-- 'Get ! black plume lie ! loneliness !--quit ! Take beak out , form off !' ' .' , flitting, , pallid ; seeming demon's , him streaming throws shadow ; lies floating lifted--nevermore!