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MOCer Cup Round 1: The Road Less Traveled By - The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe
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My entry to round 1 of The MOCer Games - Summer 2017 . I'd chosen the poem "The Raven" from E.A.Poe. The master needed nearly 10 years to finish it, it's his best known poem. For interested people: In 1979 Alan Parson and his same named project made a fantastic song, maybe you like to hear it as the second song here


THE RAVEN
By Edgar Allan Poe

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 name 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 stillness 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 upon 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 farther 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 fancy 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 hath 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 name Lenore—
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name 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!







Yup, it's very long BUT very GOOD!

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Enjoy and have FUN! ;)




Comments

 I like it 
  August 28, 2017
Poe! YES! I just love that poem.
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  August 11, 2017
Quoting Henrik Jensen Trying to catch up on latest news from my favorite builders; It really is an amazing bird, but I won`t dig too deep in the poem stuff. Beautiful work!
hahaha, thanks a lot Henrik! Poe is hard stuff, but fascinating! Glad that my big black bird is to your gusto... :)
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  August 9, 2017
Trying to catch up on latest news from my favorite builders; It really is an amazing bird, but I won`t dig too deep in the poem stuff. Beautiful work!
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  August 2, 2017
Quoting City Creator Congratulations on earning a perfect score! Your building never ceases to impress me.
Thanks CC and the other judges! Glad my build entertained so good here! Sorry for my late reply, I had to be busy in my real job... ;)
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  July 26, 2017
Congratulations on earning a perfect score! Your building never ceases to impress me.
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  July 24, 2017
Quoting adam thelegofan rutland excellent job!:D
Thanks very much, Adam! :)
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  July 24, 2017
Quoting Stephan Niks In contrast to the poem, I keep it short: ART
Hahaha, pointedly and very kind comment, Stephan! Thank you very much, glad you've feel so well entertained here! :)
 I like it 
  July 23, 2017
excellent job!:D
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  July 22, 2017
Quoting Connor R. Amazing build! The shaping on the raven is excellent :) I also love the poem as well.
Glad you feel so well with this one, Connor! Thank you very much! :)
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  July 22, 2017
Quoting Oran Cruzen Excellent, again! Lego should be paying you for your use of their "brick"!
Thanks much my good friend, that's too kind! I have the fun so why should they pay for a legoholic...? ;)
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  July 21, 2017
In contrast to the poem, I keep it short: ART
 I like it 
  July 18, 2017
Amazing build! The shaping on the raven is excellent :) I also love the poem as well.
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  July 18, 2017
Excellent, again! Lego should be paying you for your use of their "brick"!
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  July 16, 2017
Quoting Jeremy McCreary The bust is as stunning as the raven, my friend -- especially the helmet. Google "bust of Pallas", and you'll find many versions with ravens after Poe, but none as powerful as yours. When you have time, I have a request of our master cartoonist: The same encounter from the raven's point of view -- which may have been quite different from the narrator's.
Thanks very much for regarding the "not so easy to build" bust of Pallas, my friend! LOL I'd decided to build one in addition to the raven and it costed the same time... Then the complete build was nearly to high to get it positioned on my table to take the pics... ;) I'm glad you like my version so much, the mostly known pics in the WEB/ literature were also not realy my gusto... ;) "The raven's point of view" would be nice, but there are other birds on earth (...see what's coming...) and I've so many other ideas and sorrowly too little time for my hobby... ;)
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  July 16, 2017
Quoting Nick Barrett Outstanding raven! So glad to read this once more.
Hey Nick, I'm happy you like my my bricked interpretation of this famous poem of Mr. Poe so much! Thanks much!
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  July 16, 2017
Quoting Doug Hughes Oliver you've outdone yourself! The raven is simply fantastic!
I just liked to build a BIG scaled bird... ;) Thanks so much, Doug! :)
 I like it 
  July 16, 2017
The bust is as stunning as the raven, my friend -- especially the helmet. Google "bust of Pallas", and you'll find many versions with ravens after Poe, but none as powerful as yours. When you have time, I have a request of our master cartoonist: The same encounter from the raven's point of view -- which may have been quite different from the narrator's.
 I like it 
  July 16, 2017
Outstanding raven! So glad to read this once more.
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  July 15, 2017
Oliver you've outdone yourself! The raven is simply fantastic!
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  July 15, 2017
Quoting Builder Allan I love this poem! A great tribute you have made to it. Brilliant work on the raven's head :-)
Glad you've fun here, thanks so much, Allan!
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  July 15, 2017
Quoting Seaman SPb
Better - Albatross or Cormorant ))
Roger! :)
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  July 15, 2017
I love this poem! A great tribute you have made to it. Brilliant work on the raven's head :-)
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  July 15, 2017
Quoting Oliver Becker Thanks much, my friend! Even a seagul would have been nicer to you...? ;)
Better - Albatross or Cormorant ))
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  July 15, 2017
Quoting LegoPredator ! Awesome raven! Good luck.
Glad you like this black bird so much, LP! Thanks much!
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  July 15, 2017
Quoting Seaman SPb Excellent!
Thanks much, my friend! Even a seagul would have been nicer to you...? ;)
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  July 15, 2017
Quoting TMNS 5097 Dang it! You stole my poem! Now I have to find something else... Great work though! Good luck!
Glad you like my MOC, TMNS! That you feel "dang" is ok, but the diction in your comment then is a little tenuous and unpolite... :( How could I steal s.th. that's from Poe himself...? ;) I have to restart my job next week so I had to get ready with my MOC at an early time to post it here...
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  July 15, 2017
Quoting Ben Cossy Excellent head design. Looks great!
Thanks much, Ben! The head was ( as usual in my builds...) the first thing I'd done... :)
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  July 15, 2017
Quoting Clayton Marchetti I've liked this poem too since I had to read it in high school. The raven is positively brilliant, I'm talking about your brick built raven now. The head looks so cool. Love the wings and feet. Stupendous!
Thanks much, my friend! I'm glad my choice of the poem and my interpretation here matches your gusto! I like raven much and I liked to to another fig, so it was the time to try me on a "big bird"... ;)
 I like it 
  July 14, 2017
Awesome raven! Good luck.
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  July 14, 2017
Excellent!
 I like it 
  July 14, 2017
Dang it! You stole my poem! Now I have to find something else... Great work though! Good luck!
 I like it 
  July 14, 2017
Excellent head design. Looks great!
 I like it 
  July 14, 2017
I've liked this poem too since I had to read it in high school. The raven is positively brilliant, I'm talking about your brick built raven now. The head looks so cool. Love the wings and feet. Stupendous!
 
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