The poem meant little to me, as I had no idea what a Raven was. I had thought the Common Crow seen everywhere in my young world, was the Raven of Poe lore.
Then I began travelling the world and developed an interest in birds. I learned to tell the difference between a Raven and a Crow in flight (Ravens have tail feathers which end in a rounded point, while the tail feathers on Crows is more or less straight across its width). I still have a bit of trouble identifying either bird by its voice. However, for me, getting closer to the subject is a better way to identify the two.
Since settling down in central Oregon, where there is a good supply of both Ravens and Crows, I have come to appreciate Poe's foreboding avian.
The other morning while I was feeding the horses, I caught something out of the corner of my eye and saw it. A Raven was on the top of a nearby tree watching my every move. As I completed my chores, I would glance over towards the tree top and see the Raven still there.
So I went into the house and got my camera. Worried that the smoke in the air from a 24,000 acres nearby fire might muddy the image, I lifted my Canon to my eye, and was able to snap off a couple of shots before the Raven flew off, joining three other Raven intent on harassing a passing Red-tailed Hawk.
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 beingBird or beast upon the sculptured bust above his chamberEver yet was blest with seeing bird above his chamber
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