The Raven and Other Poems

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The Raven and Other Poems  (1845) 
by Edgar Allan Poe
transcription of original, pages iii-viii

THE RAVEN

AND

OTHER POEMS.

BY

EDGAR A. POE.


NEW YORK:

WILEY AND PUTNAM, 161 BROADWAY.


1845.



Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1845, by
EDGAR A. POE,
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the
Southern District of New York.



T. B. Smith, Stereotyper,

216 William Street.


TO THE NOBLEST OF HER SEX—
TO THE AUTHOR OF
"THE DRAMA OF EXILE"—
TO MISS ELIZABETH BARRETT BARRETT,
OF ENGLAND,
I DEDICATE THIS VOLUME,
WITH THE MOST ENTHUSIASTIC ADMIRATION
AND WITH THE MOST SINCERE ESTEEM.

PREFACE

.

THESE trifles are collected and republished chiefly with a view to their redemption from the many improvements to which they have been subjected while going at random "the rounds of the press." If what I have written is to circulate at all, I am naturally anxious that it should circulate as I wrote it. In defence of my own taste, nevertheless, it is incumbent upon me to say, that I think nothing in this volume of much value to the public, or very creditable to myself. Events not to be controlled have prevented me from making, at any time, any serious effort in what, under happier circumstances, would have been the field of my choice. With me poetry has been not a purpose, but a passion; and the passions should be held in reverence; they must not--they cannot at will be excited with an eye to the paltry compensations, or the more paltry commendations, of mankind.

E. A. P.


CONTENTS.


The Raven . . . . . 1

The Valley of Unrest . . . . . 6

Bridal Ballad . . . . . 7

The Sleeper . . . . . 9

The Coliseum . . . . . 12

Lenore . . . . . 14

Catholic Hymn . . . . . 15

Israfel . . . . . 16

Dream-land . . . . . 18

Sonnet--to Zante . . . . . 20

The City in the Sea . . . . . 21

To One in Paradise . . . . . 23

Eulalie--A Song . . . . . 24

To F--s S. O----d . . . . . 25

To F-- . . . . . 25

Sonnet--Silence . . . . . 26

The Conqueror Worm . . . . . 27

The Haunted Palace . . . . . 29

Scenes from "Politian" . . . . . 31


POEMS WRITTEN IN YOUTH.


Sonnet--to Science . . . . . 55

Al Aaraaf . . . . . 56

Tamerlane . . . . . 74

A Dream . . . . . 83

Romance . . . . . 84

Fairy-land . . . . . 85

To ---- . . . . . 87

To the River---- . . . . . 88

The Lake--To---- . . . . . 89

Song . . . . . 90

To Helen . . . . . 91