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The Raven

 
 
kev
 
Reply Sun 3 Aug, 2003 09:45 am
This poem by E.A.Poe has always fascinated me, as you read it picture in your mind it being spoken by James Earl Jones or Christopher Lee.


http://bau2.uibk.ac.at/sg/poe/works/poetry/raven.html
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 3 Aug, 2003 01:36 pm
nope, I think of the sounds of Christopher Walken or Dennis Hopper
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Sun 3 Aug, 2003 02:58 pm
I have heard it read by James Earl Jones (he did it for The Simpsons) and am pretty sure I have also head it read by Christopher Walken.

Both were pedestrian readings.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Sun 3 Aug, 2003 03:16 pm
I think of Crispin Glover's voice.

I think of his voice for that poem, but also for The Cask of Amontillado.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 3 Aug, 2003 04:45 pm
as the official Poe afficionado, what is Cravens favorite reading of this poem?
Ive heard it by a bunch of ministerial students at our U and they were all guilty of overacting. The Raven is similar to V Lindsays "The Congo" ,each of these poems can be over dramatized. A quiet reading of Raven, sounding like its being read by a totured soul would be good
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Sun 17 Aug, 2003 04:55 pm
My favorite is my own of course. ;-) Or that of my brother.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 17 Aug, 2003 06:53 pm
Did people know tha Lou Reed has an album, based on Poe's work, called, I believe, "The Raven"? I didn't, until Saturday.

i am gonna have a listen.
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WhoodaThunk
 
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Reply Sun 17 Aug, 2003 07:22 pm
There's also the Alan Parson's Project's "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" which includes an interesting rendition of "The Raven."

http://bau2.uibk.ac.at/sg/poe/Tales.html
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2003 12:26 am
Do you sound anything like Crispin Glover, Craven?
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2003 12:41 am
I don't know what Crispin sounds like.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2003 01:26 am
Have you seen the movie Back to the Future? He plays George McFly, Michael J. Fox's character's dad.

He also starred in this years remake of Willard, playing the title character, Willard.
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2003 05:11 am
I think Charlton Heston would be fun, in full-on "Planet of the Apes" style. Or, Kirk Douglas, but only because I have a very sick sense of humour.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2003 06:16 pm
So, when do we get to hear a recording of Craven's reading?
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Letty
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2003 10:22 am
Wonder if Edgar A. ever read his own stuff. I've heard Frost and Sandburg and they were terrible.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2003 10:40 am
So was Yeats.

lil'k,

Want it in the Donald Duck voice?
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littlek
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2003 03:57 pm
Ha!
No.
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Craven de Kere
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2003 03:59 pm
Fine, if I remember I'll do it this weekend (I'm kinda busy, I have to do some work for a friend).
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littlek
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2003 04:13 pm
Craven, I was kidding.... but if you could do it, that'd be great!

Who was the creepy actor who was in the movie based on The Raven?
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jugbo
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2003 11:57 am
oh, man ... I have to get that Lou Reed album ... yippy! I found it on amazon.

All hail the dark bards!
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ReX
 
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Reply Tue 9 Nov, 2004 05:05 pm
Forgive my stupidity but I wonder why this is the most infamous poem in american history. I don't see what's so special about it. But, I admit, I'm not very educated when it comes to any piece of literary art, especially poetry.

So, could somebody please explain to me what other layers can be found in this poem. It would be rather weak of the poem (or superficial on my behalf to behold it as such) to only be about self-torture.

A brief summary? An explanation on why it's so great? Meanings which I don't get? Anything?

I've even read that Poe simply chose the goddess of wisdom because of the way her name sounded. Supporting my prejudice that a lot more connections have been made than the author originally thought of. Like said about Shakespeare: It's not so much what he wrote, it's what been said about what he wrote. I don't remember who said that first, but I'm inclined to agree.

Of course, when observing the fanclubs, I must be wrong. But so far, nobody has explained me why.
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