Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
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.»
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; —vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow—sorrow for the lost Leonore—.
And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain
Thrilled me—filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;
So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating
«‛Tis some visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door—
Some late visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door;
This it is and nothing more.»
—here I opened wide the door»—
Darkness there and nothing more*.
* Works of Edgar Allan Poe, 1849
Animated introduction to Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘The Raven’. Narration by Christopher Lee (Edgar Allan Poe Projekt Visionen 2006). Music by Flying Lotus.