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'The Raven'

April 10, 2003|by Edgar Allan Poe

Writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), orphaned at age 3, was raised by adopted parents in Richmond, Va., and later moved to Baltimore, where he is buried.

According to the literary Web site www.underthesun.com, Poe is credited with singlehandedly inventing the short story, science fiction, detective fiction, the symblosit poet and the New Criticism.

Following is an excerpt from one of his most famous works, "The Raven" (1843):

But the raven still

beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,

Straight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door;

Then, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linking

Fancy unto fancy,

thinking what this

ominous bird of yore -

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What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and

ominous bird of yore

Meant in croaking

"Nevermore."

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