Breaking Bread with Nevermore

February 20, 2017

Nevermore, a raven from the ‘hood swooped down behind me the other day, and proceeded to eat an English muffin whole… who was I to argue.

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“Nevermore” in flight before discovering an abandoned English muffin, portrait by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

“The Raven” was first attributed to Poe in print in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845.

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 visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door— Only this and nothing more.” Edgar Allen Poe, 1845.

Amused by the raven’s comically serious disposition, the narrator asks that the bird tell him its name. The raven’s only answer is “Nevermore.”

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Nevermore about to take off with his feast.