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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.


Stanza 1:
  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."