I’m a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe. The man wielded words with precision, knowing how to spread melancholy and dread. Among my favorites of his work is The Raven, which has become a part of my genetic makeup over the years. I’ve read it so many times, and listened to as many renditions as I’ve been able to find. Including the Simpsons version, of course. It provides a moment of pleasure, along with an uneasy recognition of our own inevitable mortality.

Below, a link to the entire poem.


But the way to truly appreciate “The Raven” is to listen to it. My favorite reading is by James Earl Jones.

Get yourself a nice cup of tea, or a glass of port, and listen. Happy Halloween.

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