Nevermore

This page will feature an ongoing photo project entitled Nevermore in which I photograph the raven, Nevermore, in cemeteries in the United States and around the world.

Nevermore on Yeats' grave in Drumcliff, Ireland.

Nevermore on Yeats’ grave in Drumcliff, Ireland.

Nor dread nor hope attend
A dying animal;
A man awaits his end
Dreading and hoping all;
Many times he died,
Many times rose again.
A great man in his pride
Confronting murderous men
Casts derision upon
Supersession of breath;
He knows death to the bone
Man has created death.

~~William Butler Yeats

Nevermore in the graveyard at St. Columba's Church in Drumcliff.

Nevermore in the graveyard at St. Columba’s Church in Drumcliff.

Nevermore peering through an angel's wing at the Church of Ireland in Glencolmcille, County Donegal.

Nevermore peering through an angel’s wing at the Church of Ireland in Glencolmcille, County Donegal.

Church of Ireland graveyard in Glencolmcille.

Church of Ireland graveyard in Glencolmcille.

“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 they form from off my door!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

 

Infrared of Nevermore with a standing stone in Glencolmcille.

Infrared of Nevermore with a standing stone in Glencolmcille.

Infrared of Nevermore at the ruins of an abbey in Galway, County Clare.

Infrared of Nevermore at the ruins of an abbey in Galway, County Clare.

Nevermore in the graveyard at Glendalough, County Wicklow.

Nevermore in the graveyard at Glendalough, County Wicklow.

Nevermore and the chapel at Glendalough.

Nevermore and the chapel at Glendalough.

Nevermore visiting the Blessed Virgin Mary at Glendalough.

Nevermore visiting the Blessed Virgin Mary at Glendalough.

Nevermore in front of a tombstone from 1763 in Glendalough.

Nevermore in front of a tombstone from 1793 in Glendalough.

Shadows at Glendalough

Shadows at Glendalough

Nevermore at Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, Georgia.

Nevermore at Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville, Georgia.

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.”

Nevermore at Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, Georgia.

Nevermore at Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, Georgia.

Nevermore visiting in the cemetery near the hamlet of Pitts, Georgia.

Nevermore visiting in the cemetery near the hamlet of Pitts, Georgia.

Nevermore at the cemetery in Pitts, Georgia.

Nevermore at the cemetery in Pitts, Georgia.

Nevermore with friend at Orphans Cemetery in Eastman, Georgia

Nevermore with friend at Orphans Cemetery in Eastman, Georgia

Nevermore hangin' with the Williamsons at Orphans Cemetery in Eastman, Georgia. A.G. Williamson founded the cemetery on the death of an orphan child of a neighbor in 1887.

Nevermore hangin’ with the Williamsons at Orphans Cemetery in Eastman, Georgia. A.G. Williamson founded the cemetery on the death of an orphan child of a neighbor in 1887.

Nevermore with the Blessed Virgin Mary in Zion Baptist Cemetery, Chauncey, Georgia

Nevermore with the Blessed Virgin Mary in Zion Baptist Cemetery, Chauncey, Georgia

Nevermore at Zion Baptist Cemetery, Chauncey, Georgia

Nevermore at Zion Baptist Cemetery, Chauncey, Georgia

Nevermore with Saint Francis at Zion Baptist Cemetery in Chauncey, Georgia

Nevermore with Saint Francis at Zion Baptist Cemetery in Chauncey, Georgia

Nevermore visits Sheldon Church (the former Prince William's Parish Church) in the South Carolina Low Country.

Nevermore visits Sheldon Church (the former Prince William’s Parish Church) in the South Carolina Low Country.

Until the day break and the shadows flee away

Until the day break and the shadows flee away

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 the melancholy burden bore
Of ‘Never–nevermore.'”

Nevermore with fence and grave at Sheldon Church ruins.

Nevermore with fence and grave at Sheldon Church ruins.

Nevermore at Sheldon Church, South Carolina

Nevermore at Sheldon Church, South Carolina

Hillcrest Cemetery in Savannah. Nevermore amidst the Spanish moss.

Hillcrest Cemetery in Savannah. Nevermore amidst the Spanish moss.

Hillcrest Cemetery--Nevermore and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Hillcrest Cemetery–Nevermore and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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 nepenthé from thy memories of Lenore!
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthé, and forget this lost Lenore!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

Nevermore visits with Prince at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Nevermore visits with Prince at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Sunset at Hillcrest Cemetery in Savannah. Nevermore visits with a resident Mockingbird.

Sunset at Hillcrest Cemetery in Savannah. Nevermore visits with a resident Mockingbird.

Nevermore in Lehi Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona

Nevermore in Lehi Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona

Shadow of Nevermore

Shadow of Nevermore

Nevermore at Lehi Cemetery

Nevermore at Lehi Cemetery

Lehi Cemetery

Lehi Cemetery

Nevermore at Mesa Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona

Nevermore at Mesa Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona

Mesa Cemetery

Mesa Cemetery

But the Raven, sitting lonely on that placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further 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.”

Nevermore and oranges at Mesa Cemetery

Nevermore and oranges at Mesa Cemetery

Nevermore enjoying the beautiful Autumn day at Greenwich Cemetery in Savannah.

Nevermore enjoying the beautiful Autumn day at Greenwich Cemetery in Savannah.

Nevermore and friends at Greenwich Cemetery.

Nevermore and friends at Greenwich Cemetery.

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.’

 

Nevermore in Greenwich Cemetery

Nevermore in Greenwich Cemetery

Nevermore at Bonaventure

Nevermore at Bonaventure

Nevermore on the wall at Kotstrandarkirkja near Selfoss.

Nevermore on the wall at Kotstrandarkirkja near Selfoss.

And an infrared at Kotstrandarkirkja.

And an infrared at Kotstrandarkirkja.

Just for fun--behind the scenes at Kotstrandarkirkja, which was built in 1909.

Just for fun–behind the scenes at Kotstrandarkirkja, which was built in 1909.

Infrared at Kotstrandarkirkja.

Infrared at Kotstrandarkirkja.

Nevermore amidst thee flowers on a grave at Kotstrandarkirkja near Selfoss.

Nevermore amidst the flowers on a grave at Kotstrandarkirkja near Selfoss.

Nevermore on a grave from 1676 in the cemetery at þingvallakirkja (church) in Þingvellir National Park in Iceland.

Nevermore on a grave from 1676 in the cemetery at þingvallakirkja (church) in Þingvellir National Park in Iceland.

Nevermore and Corinne at Bonaventure, Savannah

Nevermore and Corinne at Bonaventure, Savannah

Nevermore talks with "Lisa" at Bonaventure, Savannah

Nevermore talks with “Lisa” at Bonaventure, Savannah

“Is there–is there balm in Gilead?–Tell me–tell me, I implore!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

Nevermore on Conrad Aiken's grave at Bonaventure, Savannah

Nevermore on Conrad Aiken’s grave at Bonaventure, Savannah

Nevermore listens to the pleading at Laurel Grove, Savannah

Nevermore listens to the pleading at Laurel Grove, Savannah

“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 this 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.”

Nevermore in Laurel Grove, Savannah

Nevermore in Laurel Grove, Savannah

Nevermore in the rain at Laurel Grove, Savannah

Nevermore in the rain at Laurel Grove, Savannah

1 Comment

  1. October 18, 2015    

    I am in love with this whole series! I hope you add more!!!

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