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The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe read by Vincent Price

     The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe (born Edgar Poe, January
19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was first published in 1845 in the 
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 I picked this poem because it one of the best known poems by Mr. Poe.
 I searched Youtube and found one that was read by the legendary
master of macabre,  Mr. Vincent Price.  I viewed quite a few other
readers but they did not have the style and presentation as Mr. Price.  

     According to Wikipedia, the
poem is about a lost lover to the unnamed narrator who happens to be reading
"forgotten lore" to help him try to forget about the loss of his
love, Lenore when he is disturbed by a raven.  The unnamed
narrator slowly goes mad as the raven sits and repeats 'nevermore'.  

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     Mr. Price's presentation of
this poem draws the viewer in with different camera angles and props.  His
theatrical background is very apparent while he is delivering the poem from
memory.  He puts meaning and feeling to the reading of the poem and
delivers it like no other.

     There was much discussion about the presentation of poems and if it mattered who or how it was read / delivered.  This video proves that who and how it is delivered makes a world of difference.  After watching the one above, watch the  following one and you can make your own decision.  Granted, Mr. Price's budget is probably a lot higher than the one below.

     The second video read by 'Hippy' was a good presentation of the poem but it lacked the delivery as the one Mr. Vincent Price gave.  I'm sure if Hippy had the same budget and theatrical background as Mr. Price, it would have been as good.  One can hear the difference in delivery and presentation if viewed back to back.  Hippy's stumbles a couple of times while Mr. Price is flawless.  Again this may go back to budget and preparation.  

     After viewing the video's and having to do a lot of research on poems, I found that it takes a lot of understanding and patience if you don't  have a good understanding of old English compared to modern English.  When I read the poem from here (http://www.houseofusher.net/raven.html), I found it hard to follow but when it was presented by both Mr. Price and Hippy, it made more sense.   So  the discussion that we had in the eariler weeks hold true that presentation and the deliverer is key.  I enjoyed it much more than reading it because of the theatrics and visual adaptation of the poem. 

     In conclusion, I have to say that this class has helped me appreciate literature in all its forms from poems to theater.  I haven't had to read any poems or plays since I got out of college many years ago and  this has shown me that the classics never die.  They are timeless and only gets better with each reading.  Now that I am older, I can actually appreciate what I read instead of feeling as if I have to read it just for a grade.

(Both video are from Youtube)

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuGZ_wp_i9w&feature=related Video #1)

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAQtsNzzPFA Video #2)

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