Poe, "The Raven" 54 words

  1. nevermore
    at no time hereafter
    Quoth the raven, ` Nevermore.'
  2. Plutonian
    of or relating to or characteristic of Hades or Tartarus
    Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -rnTell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!'
  3. quaff
    to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
    Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe, and forget this lost Lenore!'
  4. relevancy
    the relation of something to the matter at hand
    Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,rnThough its answer little meaning - little relevancy bore;rnFor we cannot help agreeing that no living human beingrnEver yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door -rnBird or beast above the sculptured bust above his chamber door,rnWith such name as `Nevermore.'
  5. beguiling
    highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
    Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,rnBy the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,rn`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven.
  6. surcease
    a stopping
    Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrowrnFrom my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -rnFor the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -rnNameless here for evermore.
  7. beguile
    attract; cause to be enamored
    Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,rnBy the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,rn`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven.
  8. Pallas
    (Greek mythology) goddess of wisdom and useful arts and prudent warfare; guardian of Athens; identified with Roman Minerva
    Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;rnBut, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -rnPerched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -rnPerched, and sat, and nothing more.
  9. implore
    call upon in supplication; entreat
    And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtainrnThrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;rnSo that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeatingrn`'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door -rnSome late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; -rnThis it is, and nothing more,'rnrnPresently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,rn`Sir,' said I, `or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;rnBut the fact is ...
  10. unmerciful
    having or showing no mercy
    Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,rn`Doubtless,' said I, `what it utters is its only stock and store,rnCaught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful disasterrnFollowed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore -rnTill the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden borernOf "Never-nevermore."'
  11. recline
    move the upper body backwards and down
    This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressingrnTo the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;rnThis and more I sat divining, with my head at ease recliningrnOn the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er,rnBut whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er,rnShe shall press, ah, nevermore!
  12. gloating
    malicious satisfaction
    This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressingrnTo the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;rnThis and more I sat divining, with my head at ease recliningrnOn the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er,rnBut whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er,rnShe shall press, ah, nevermore!
  13. censer
    a container for burning incense (especially one that is swung on a chain in a religious ritual)
    Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censerrnSwung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
  14. respite
    a pause from doing something (as work)
    `Wretch,' I cried, `thy God hath lent thee - by these angels he has sent theern Respite - respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore!
  15. tufted
    having or adorned with tufts
    Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censerrnSwung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
  16. dirge
    a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
    Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,rn`Doubtless,' said I, `what it utters is its only stock and store,rnCaught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful disasterrnFollowed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore -rnTill the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden borernOf "Never-nevermore."'
  17. seraph
    an angel of the first order; usually portrayed as the winged head of a child
    Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censerrnSwung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
  18. obeisance
    bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
    Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;rnBut, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -rnPerched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -rnPerched, and sat, and nothing more.
  19. prophet
    someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of God
    ` Prophet!' said I, `thing of evil! - prophet still, if bird or devil!
  20. ominous
    threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
    But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,rnStraight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door;rnThen, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linkingrnFancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore -rnWhat this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yorernMeant in croaking `Nevermore.'
  21. aptly
    with competence; in a competent capable manner
    Startled at the stillness broken by reply so aptly spoken,rn`Doubtless,' said I, `what it utters is its only stock and store,rnCaught from some unhappy master whom unmerciful disasterrnFollowed fast and followed faster till his songs one burden bore -rnTill the dirges of his hope that melancholy burden borernOf "Never-nevermore."'
  22. ghastly
    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -rnTell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!'
  23. radiant
    radiating or as if radiating light
    Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrowrnFrom my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -rnFor the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -rnNameless here for evermore.
  24. undaunted
    resolutely courageous
    -rnWhether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,rnDesolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted -rnOn this home by horror haunted - tell me truly, I implore -rnIs there - is there balm in Gilead? - tell me - tell me, I implore!'
  25. decorum
    propriety in manners and conduct
    Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,rnBy the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,rn`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven.
  26. entreat
    ask for or request earnestly
    And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtainrnThrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;rnSo that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeatingrn`'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door -rnSome late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; -rnThis it is, and nothing more,'rnrnPresently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,rn`Sir,' said I, `or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;rnBut the fact is ...
  27. tempest
    a violent commotion or disturbance
    -rnWhether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,rnDesolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted -rnOn this home by horror haunted - tell me truly, I implore -rnIs there - is there balm in Gilead? - tell me - tell me, I implore!'
  28. ember
    a hot fragment of wood or coal that is left from a fire and is glowing or smoldering
    Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,rnAnd each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
  29. craven
    lacking even the rudiments of courage; abjectly fearful
    Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,rnBy the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,rn`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven.
  30. pallid
    abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress
    And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sittingrnOn the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;rnAnd his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,rnAnd the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;rnAnd my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floorrnShall be lifted - nevermore!
  31. mien
    dignified manner or conduct
    Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;rnBut, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -rnPerched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -rnPerched, and sat, and nothing more.
  32. grim
    harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
    Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the nightly shore -rnTell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!'
  33. bleak
    unpleasantly cold and damp
    Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,rnAnd each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
  34. clasp
    hold firmly and tightly
    By that Heaven that bends above us - by that God we both adore -rnTell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,rnIt shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore -rnClasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?'
  35. placid
    (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves
    But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only,rnThat one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
  36. gaunt
    very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
    But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling,rnStraight I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of bird and bust and door;rnThen, upon the velvet sinking, I betook myself to linkingrnFancy unto fancy, thinking what this ominous bird of yore -rnWhat this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yorernMeant in croaking `Nevermore.'
  37. fiend
    an evil supernatural being
    `Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!'
  38. flit
    move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
    And the raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sittingrnOn the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;rnAnd his eyes have all the seeming of a demon's that is dreaming,rnAnd the lamp-light o'er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;rnAnd my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floorrnShall be lifted - nevermore!
  39. vainly
    to no avail
    Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrowrnFrom my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -rnFor the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -rnNameless here for evermore.
  40. quaint
    attractively old-fashioned (but not necessarily authentic)
    Edgar Allan PoernrnThe Raven [first published in 1845]rnrnOnce upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,rnOver many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,rnWhile I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,rnAs of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
  41. desolate
    providing no shelter or sustenance
    -rnWhether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,rn Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted -rnOn this home by horror haunted - tell me truly, I implore -rnIs there - is there balm in Gilead? - tell me - tell me, I implore!'
  42. dreary
    lacking in liveliness or charm or surprise
    Edgar Allan PoernrnThe Raven [first published in 1845]rnrnOnce upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,rnOver many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,rnWhile I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,rnAs of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
  43. ponder
    reflect deeply on a subject
    Edgar Allan PoernrnThe Raven [first published in 1845]rnrnOnce upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,rnOver many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,rnWhile I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,rnAs of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
  44. fiery
    like or suggestive of fire
    This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressingrnTo the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;rnThis and more I sat divining, with my head at ease recliningrnOn the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er,rnBut whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er,rnShe shall press, ah, nevermore!
  45. laden
    filled with a great quantity
    By that Heaven that bends above us - by that God we both adore -rnTell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,rnIt shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels named Lenore -rnClasp a rare and radiant maiden, whom the angels named Lenore?'
  46. utter
    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
    Nothing further then he uttered - not a feather then he fluttered -rnTill I scarcely more than muttered `Other friends have flown before -rnOn the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.'
  47. scarce
    deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand
    And the silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtainrnThrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before;rnSo that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeatingrn`'Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door -rnSome late visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door; -rnThis it is, and nothing more,'rnrnPresently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer,rn`Sir,' said I, `or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore;rnBut the fact is I was n...
  48. discourse
    an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
    Much I marvelled this ungainly fowl to hear discourse so plainly,rnThough its answer little meaning - little relevancy bore;rnFor we cannot help agreeing that no living human beingrnEver yet was blessed with seeing bird above his chamber door -rnBird or beast above the sculptured bust above his chamber door,rnWith such name as `Nevermore.'
  49. bosom
    either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman
    This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressingrnTo the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;rnThis and more I sat divining, with my head at ease recliningrnOn the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er,rnBut whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er,rnShe shall press, ah, nevermore!
  50. stern
    of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor; forbidding in aspect
    Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,rnBy the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,rn`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven.
  51. countenance
    the appearance conveyed by a person's face
    Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,rnBy the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore,rn`Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, `art sure no craven.
  52. murmur
    a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech
    This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, `Lenore!'
  53. divine
    a clergyman or other person in religious orders
    This I sat engaged in guessing, but no syllable expressingrnTo the fowl whose fiery eyes now burned into my bosom's core;rnThis and more I sat divining, with my head at ease recliningrnOn the cushion's velvet lining that the lamp-light gloated o'er,rnBut whose velvet violet lining with the lamp-light gloating o'er,rnShe shall press, ah, nevermore!
  54. sought
    that is looked for
    Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrowrnFrom my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -rnFor the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -rnNameless here for evermore.