Edgar Allan Poe’s poem narrates the midnight visit of a mysterious raven to the isolated narrator, whose eerie recitation of “Nevermore” amplifies the narrator’s despair over the loss of his love, Lenore. Amid terror and sorrow, the raven remains perched in the chamber, leaving the narrator in perpetual dread.
By Wole Soyinka Hanging day.A hollow earthEchoes footsteps of the grave procession.Walls in sunspotsLean to shadow of the shortening morn. […]
By Thomas Hardy I leant upon a coppice gateWhen Frost was spectre-grey,And Winter’s dregs made desolateThe weakening eye of day. […]