The first encounter of Poe's moping speaker with the Raven who is mysteriously loitering on the bust above his chamber door. An original interpretation in watercolor of this excerpt from the famous poem, one of my favorites to hear in recitation:
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.”
Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning — little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door —
Bird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as “Nevermore.”
A copy of "The Raven II" painted, hand-penned, dated and signed by Jocelyn Boblink in lightfast ink on heavy off-white Somerset Velvet paper, ready for the frame of your choice. (The original has sold.) We'll ship it rolled in a tube for best protection.
Different variations of my excerpts from The Raven and other poems have been gifted to schools, retiring English department teachers, tough tenured professors, etc. Also, appropriate for Baltimore fans and macabre poetry junkies.
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