raven


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large black bird with a straight bill and long wedge-shaped tail

obtain or seize by violence

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prey on or hunt for

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eat greedily

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feed greedily

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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
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.
Tarr and Professor Fether"; such bits of extravaganza as "The Devil in the Belfry" and "The Angel of the Odd"; such tales of adventure as "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym"; such papers of keen criticism and review as won for Poe the enthusiastic admiration of Charles Dickens, although they made him many enemies among the over-puffed minor American writers so mercilessly exposed by him; such poems of beauty and melody as "The Bells," "The Haunted Palace," "Tamerlane," "The City in the Sea" and "The Raven.
But the Raven, sitting lonely on that placid bust, spoke only That one word, as if its 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.
But the Raven still beguiling all my sad soul 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.
After this the miller saw the skin in which the raven was, lying on the ground, and asked: 'What have you there?
The peasant made the raven croak again, and said: 'In the second place, he says that there is some roast meat in the tiled stove.
But I saw only the raven hair of a half-naked girl, and my heart stood still in dumb misery at the sight of her, nor had I any eyes for the wonders of natural history.
The peddler said it was warranted to dye any hair a beautiful raven black and wouldn't wash off.
A chattering crow lives out nine generations of aged men, but a stag's life is four times a crow's, and a raven's life makes three stags old, while the phoenix outlives nine ravens, but we, the rich-haired Nymphs, daughters of Zeus the aegis-holder, outlive ten phoenixes.
Gerda was obliged to rest herself again, when, exactly opposite to her, a large Raven came hopping over the white snow.
He smiled ironically, looking at the raven horse, and was already deciding in his own mind that this smart trotter in the char-a-banc was only good for promenage, and wouldn't do thirty miles straight off in the heat.
Susan met the incoming tide by the Raven islet and stopped, panting, with her feet in the water.
The raven in this story is a compound of two great originals, of whom I was, at different times, the proud possessor.
The ravens and wolves soon came in for their share of the good cheer.