The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe (read by Xe Sands) by Xe Sands published on 2011/10/28 16:22:47 +0000 GOING PUBLIC - SPECIAL HALLOWEEN EDITION The Raven, by Edgar Allen Poe (image shared with attribution to oddsock, under Creative Commons licensing) This ain't your Vincent Price raven, my friends - no! For those who have not heard my rather feverish rant about rhyming poetry, suffice it to say that I have an aversion to rhyming that rivals a child's aversion to broccoli. And yet...and yet, in discussing this poem with my daughter and disagreeing with the traditional reading of it, I realized that there is a whole different way to approach The Raven - as a STORY. For that's really what it is, isn't it? A sad unfortunate soul, plagued by anguish over a lost love (child, lover, wife, sister or...), after suffering additional torment at the "beak" of a "prophet, thing of evil," tells her or his story to us. S/he is a storyteller, not an orator. So here, for your amusement on this lovely holiday, I present my interpretation of The Raven. Of course, some rhyming would be foolish to avoid, so fear not you lovers of the rhyme - there is still enough here to tickle your feathered fancy.