Summary of "The Raven"
Here I offer paraphrasing on each stanza of Poe's poem "The Raven" to make it a little easier to understand and grasp. I hope you find these pages helpful.
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 someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more."
Paraphrased Stanza 1:
Once one gloomy night, while I, tired, looked over
Many old legends, both fairytale-like and mysterious
I almost had dozed off when I suddenly heard a tapping
Almost like someone gently rapping, rapping on the door of my room
"It's a visitor," I said to myself, "knocking on my door-
That's all it is, and nothing more than that."