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Quoth The Raven~Nevermore

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By KxG-WitcheR   |   
Published: October 14, 2012
© 2012 - 2020 KxG-WitcheR
Check out my second painting regarding the poem :) It focuses on the last verse.

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A tribute to Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven' as well as a painting which is part of my thesis 'Illustrating Literary Works' which consisted of gathering the best stories and poems out there and try to render them into a single or multiple illustrations for the people to understand them better... .

I adore this poem, its beautiful, enthralling and so damn dark! a true masterpiece... Please do enjoy, fave or comment as you wish :)

Photoshop cs4.
Approx 4-5 hours.

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 visitor,' 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 Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.

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 visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door -
Some late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; -
This it is, and nothing more,'

Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,
`Sir,' said I, `or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;
But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping,
And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door,
That I scarce was sure I heard you' - here I opened wide the door; -
Darkness there, and nothing more.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token,
And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, `Lenore!'
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, `Lenore!'
Merely this and nothing more.

Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
`Surely,' said I, `surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore -
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; -
'Tis the wind and nothing more!'

Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore.
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,
`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven.
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!'
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,
Though its answer little meaning - little relevancy bore;
For we cannot help agreeing that no living human being
Ever yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door -
Bird or beast above the sculptured bust above his chamber door,
With such name as `Nevermore.'

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered -
Till I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before -
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.'
Then the bird said, `Nevermore.'

Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,
`Doubtless,' said I, `what it utters is its only stock and store,
Caught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful disaster
Followed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore -
Till the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden bore
Of "Never-nevermore."'

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 -
What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore
Meant in croaking `Nevermore.'

This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressing
To the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;
This and more I sat divining, with my head at ease reclining
On the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er,
But whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er,
She shall press, ah, nevermore!

Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
`Wretch,' I cried, `thy God hath lent thee - by these angels he has sent thee
Respite - respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!'
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

`Prophet!' said I, `thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil! -
Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted -
On this home by horror haunted - tell me truly, I implore -
Is there - is there balm in Gilead? - tell me - tell me, I implore!'
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

`Prophet!' said I, `thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us - by that God we both adore -
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?'
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

`Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!' I shrieked upstarting -
`Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken! - quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!'
Quoth the raven, `Nevermore.'

And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted - nevermore!

-Edgar Allan Poe - The Raven
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Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
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Hey, Could I use this for a website called Animal Jam Clans Wiki? I will be sure to give full credit.
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Hey Sarahseal1 - surething go ahead! :) - and thank you for msging before using the artwork! 
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Would it be possible to obtain permission to reproduce this magnificent art in my doctoral thesis?
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Hi Helciclever

Sure no worries go ahead :) but please credit me. 

Thank you kindly. 

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Beautiful piece, fantastic lighting and grey scales
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Thank you sooo much! Xionicjester - really appreciate it!
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Thank you!! :D 
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Np. "Nevermore"
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Good Day:


We are a new literary magazine called Gathering Storm Magazine and we are looking for art to accompany story submissions.  I am interested in publishing your piece on Deviant Art called “Shantack Puzzle…pt.II”.  Please contact me as soon as possible so I can get your permission and include it in our upcoming Issue #1 of Gathering Storm Magazine.  Also, please let me know how you want to be credited for our readers to find more of your work.  We will be doing a lot of marketing via social media on all of our contributors so we hope to send a lot of fans your way.  We also will be forwarding you a complimentary copy of the publication at the end of the month that you can share/port for friends, family, and fans.  At some point in the near future, we would also like to continue to highlight you as one of our contributing artists through our social media via an interview.  Since we are an extremely small budget publication just starting out, our compensation revolves around extensive marketing for you and your portfolio in hopes that you can gain a much larger following from readers of our publication when they see your work.


If you are interested in contributing this piece, please let us know as soon as possible and forward us an artist bio that we will be including in the publication.  It can be a small paragraph about you, your work, and how fans can find more of what you do.


Thank you for your time and consideration and hope to hear from you soon!

Editors, Gathering Storm Magazine

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Hi gatheringstormmag  i am interested yes :) and you may use my work of 'The Raven' - Credit using 'Kyle Grech' would be enough, and u may use my www.behance.net/kylegrech as a link to my portfolio :D thanks!! 
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Can you email us a contributor picture so we can include you in our contributor section?  The picture can be anything you want, but most contributors send us a face picture.  Thanks!  support@gatheringstormmagazine.com
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Thank you! stasiawolf 
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Wow! I absolutely LOVE this artwork! I was always a fan of the poem and now I am also a fan of this picture. So beautiful!
Keep up the great work!
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Thank you! RockySmith7 
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that aint a poem, thats a fucking story
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Not a story. A narrative poem. 
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Thank youu!! :D
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So beautiful to fit such an amazing poem~
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@CyperTendo  Thank you :) 
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