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The Raven (Visions in Poetry) Paperback – September 1, 2014
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Price’s illustrations make the viewer pause and consider the cracks in the narrator’s mind, and they provide glimpses into the strange, violent story behind his torment.
(Price’s pictures) do a great job of evoking the brooding guilt, terror, and love in Poe’s famous poem ? lengthy appended notes will spark discussion on both the poem and the art.
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I gave this 4 stars because I couldn't go lower since it did include the poem; eventually. This freebie has about 70% of someones very indepth thoughts and the rest is the poem. If you need it broken down and have someone elses thoughts included, then this is for you. But if you're just looking for the poem itself..pass.
"'Prophet!' said I, 'thing of evil!--prophet still, if bird or devil!--
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate, yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted--
On this home by Horror haunted--tell me truly, I implore--
Is there--is there balm in Gilead?--tell me--tell me, I implore!'
Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore.'"
Questions always remain unanswered...brilliant discourse with a dark spirit.
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The poem is a narrative by a young student whose love has recently died. He is visited in the night by a raven that seems to speak, answering every question with the word “Nevermore” and eventually driving the young man to despair. There is a good deal of ambiguity here–is the raven real, or an early symptom of the narrator’s madness? If it is real, does it really speak? If it speaks, is it conscious of its meaning, or does it merely parrot back the only word in its repertoire? We don’t know, it’s up to your interpretation. If you’ve never read this, I urge you to. It’s free! If you don’t have a Kindle, Amazon allows you to read it on your computer. So go read it!
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor. - highlighted 18 times
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before; - highlighted 25 times
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!" - highlighted 17 times
"Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!" I shrieked, upstarting - highlighted 9
Obviously, this classic continues to draw attract readers and the passages remain powerful. Thanks, Poe. I am using this book and Firsts In Fiction: First Line Hooks, Hints & Help - Novel Writing With Excellence (Education & Reference for Writing & Publishing Fiction) to improve my writing.
The raven utters only one word as the narrator searches for answers of his love of Lenore and that world is nevermore. The raven reminds the narrator of his true love and his sense of loss and ultimately the fact that he will not see Lenore again. The raven in fact angers our narrator and the thematic cadence builds a crescendo which makes all who read this poem to hope they never are visited by this raven as he only represents a bad message with only one word!
It is important to note that this book comes with an extended excerpt from "Mrs. Poe" by Lynn Cullen. I did not read the promotional excerpt, as I just got this book to read Poe. But with the price of $0.00 who am I to complain that they attached a promotion? :)