THE RAVEN by Edgar Allan Poe – FULL Audio Book | Multilingual Edition – English, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portugese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, & Yiddish – “The Raven” is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore”. The poem makes use of a number of folk and classical references.
Poe claimed to have written the poem very logically and methodically, intending to create a poem that would appeal to both critical and popular tastes, as he explained in his 1846 follow-up essay “The Philosophy of Composition”. The poem was inspired in part by a talking raven in the novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of ‘Eighty by Charles Dickens. Poe borrows the complex rhythm and meter of Elizabeth Barrett’s poem “Lady Geraldine’s Courtship”, and makes use of internal rhyme as well as alliteration throughout.
“The Raven” was first attributed to Poe in print in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845. Its publication made Poe widely popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financial success. Soon reprinted, parodied, and illustrated, critical opinion is divided as to the poem’s status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written.
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Chapter listing and length:
01 — English: The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe — 00:07:55 DS
Read by: Matt
02 — English: The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe — 00:08:35
Read by: Timothy Ferguson
03 — English: The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe — 00:08:23
Read by: Anne Cheng
04 — Dutch: De Raaf by Edgar Allan Poe / John F. Malta — 00:07:51
Read by: Julie VW
05 — Dutch: De Raaf by Edgar Allan Poe / Jacob van Lennep — 00:07:41
Source: Holland — Almanak voor 1861
Read by: Anna Simon
06 — Finnish: Korppi by Edgar Allan Poe / Valter Juva — 00:09:10
Read by: no-forum-name-33
07 — French: Le Corbeau by Edgar Allan Poe / Charles Baudelaire — 00:12:35
Read by: Didier
08 — French: Le Corbeau by Edgar Allan Poe / Stephane Mallarme — 00:10:39
Read by: Aldor
09 — French: Le Corbeau by Edgar Allan Poe / Maurice Rollinat — 00:08:08
Read by: Ezwa
10 — French: Le Corbeau by Edgar Allan Poe / Jean George Tollemache Sinclair — 00:05:02
Read by: mjbrichant
11 — German: Der Rabe by Edgar Allan Poe / Carl Theodore Eben — 00:10:49
Read by: Hokuspokus
12 — German: Der Rabe by Edgar Allan Poe/ Hedwig Lachmann — 00:08:49
Read by: Katieamp
13 — German: Der Rabe by Edgar Allan Poe / Theodor Etzel — 00:07:05
Read by: McCavity
14 — Italian: Il Corvo by Edgar Allan Poe / Francesco Contaldi — 00:06:19
Read by: Daniele F.
15 — Latin: Corvus by Edgar Allan Poe / Lewis (Ludovicus) Gidley — 00:08:52
Read by: hefyd
16 — Portuguese: O Corvo by Edgar Allan Poe / Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis — 00:08:00
Read by: Leni
17 — Portuguese: O Corvo by Edgar Allan Poe / Alfredo Ferreira Rodrigues — 00:08:09
Read by: Lucas M.
18 — Russian: Voron by Edgar Allan Poe / Konstantin Dmitrievich Bal’mont — 00:07:53
Read by: Betina
19 — Spanish: El Cuervo by Edgar Allan Poe / Juan Antonio Perez Bonalde — 00:07:32
Read by: Karen Savage
20 — Swedish: Korpen by Edgar Allan Poe / Viktor Rydberg — 00:09:27
Read by: Lars Rolander
21 — Yiddish: Der Rob by Edgar Allan Poe / I. Kissin — 00:09:07
Read by: Joseph Finkberg
22 — Yiddish: Di Rob by Edgar Allan Poe / H. Rosenblatt — 00:09:44
Read by: Joseph Finkberg
Total running time: 3:07:45
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