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How is Poe's poem, The Raven meant to be read? I have heard both slow and fast readins og the poem but have never found a definitive recording of it. Does anyone know where there may be some recordings of the poem as well?


-- Anonymous, June 02, 2003


I just found two mp3's of The Raven. One is read by Christopher Walken. Maybe these could help you. Contact me.

-- Anonymous, June 03, 2003

An extremely worthwhile reading(interactive and variable) of some of Poe's poetry can be found online at knowingpoe/ descriptions of how Poe historically read it from reminiscences of his friends can also be researched through books or possibly links at

Any attempt to strangle the music and disappear the rhyme as is horribly common today with modern poems(even when they contain beautiful examples of word music!) is an abomination of intent and art. We might tone done the florid pauses, exagerrations punctuated in the poems, but then Poe was himself tending to go bare(as Yeats called it) compared to the heady rambles of most Romantics of his day.

-- Anonymous, June 04, 2003

An interesting way is from The Simpsons. Check out season II with the "Treehouse of Horror" episode. It has a unique take and is actually what got me interested in Poe.

-- Anonymous, June 06, 2003

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