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."
I wheeled a cushioned seat in front of the door and the bust (where the raven was) because I was intrigued by the bird.
Then I sat down and started to try to figure out (using whatever crazy ideas he could -- "fancy unto fancy linking") what the bird meant by saying "nevermore."
Some literary elements:
- Internal rhyme -- an example of this is the use of "sinking" and "linking" in the third line of the stanza.
- Alliteration -- this is best seen in the fifth line of the stanza when he uses all those words that start with "g."
- Repetition -- using "ominous" twice.