The Raven

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Visions in Poetry is an exciting and unique series of classic poems illustrated by outstanding contemporary artists in stunning hardcover editions. The fifth book in the series, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," delves into the hidden horrors of the human psyche. Originally published in 1845, the poem is narrated by a melancholy scholar brooding over Lenore, a woman he loved who is now lost to him. One bleak December at midnight, a raven with fiery eyes visits the scholar and perches above his chamber door. ...
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The Raven

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Overview

Visions in Poetry is an exciting and unique series of classic poems illustrated by outstanding contemporary artists in stunning hardcover editions. The fifth book in the series, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," delves into the hidden horrors of the human psyche. Originally published in 1845, the poem is narrated by a melancholy scholar brooding over Lenore, a woman he loved who is now lost to him. One bleak December at midnight, a raven with fiery eyes visits the scholar and perches above his chamber door. Struggling to understand the meaning of the word his winged visitant repeats -- "Nevermore!" -- the narrator descends by stages into madness. Illustrator Ryan Price's exquisitely grim illustrations suggest a background story shaped by the narrator's guilt, embodied in the terrifying figure of the raven. Price's drypoint technique, with its rich blacks and feathery lines, perfectly captures the nightmarish atmosphere of this unforgettable poem.
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Price's vision of The Raven not only haunts, but also brings Poe's work back to life. An ideal resource for teachers and students.

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554534593
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2014
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 18 years

Meet the Author

Poe wurde am 19.01.1809 in Boston als Sohn von Schauspielern geboren. Er verwaiste schon als Zweijähriger. 1826 begann er ein Studium an der University of Virginia. 1827 kam er zum Militärdienst, von dem er 1831 entlassen wurde. 1838 heiratete er seine Cousine Virgiania Clemm, die 1847 starb und ihn hilflos zurückließ. Poe lebte in bitterer Armut und starb am 07.10.1849 in Baltimore unter nicht geklärten Umständen.
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Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, tapping at my chamber door -
Only this, and nothing more.'

Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; - vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore -
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels named Lenore -
Nameless here for evermore.

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