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2.0 out of 5 starsYou're not getting what you think you are
Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2015
It was good reading the classic poem, "The Raven", which I don't think I've read since high school, which was a long time ago. I think I understood it and enjoyed it alot more as an adult, and it was a fun revisit. That took up the first 20% of the book. The rest of it is described as "Including a special selection from Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen." I very much enjoyed this 'special selection'. It was well written and an interesting story. Unfortunately, what they didn't tell you was that this "selection" was actually the first two chapters of a full length novel. If you want to read the whole thing, it's available for Kindle for $11.99. Uh. No thanks. If I ever read it, it will be from the library, I guess. I felt this was a straight up case of bait and switch and was deceptive as to what you were getting. I gave it two stars instead of one because I did enjoy everything I read. But I didn't get what I was expecting. If they had said "sample chapters" instead of "special selection", I would have been okay with it.
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2019
For me, I view rereading a bit of Poe a necessity. I need to reminded of the magic of language. How beautiful it can when done correctly. It's not that the words written today aren't written well.They lack the deliciousness of yesteryear.
5.0 out of 5 starsQuestions always remain unanswered...brilliant discourse with a dark spirit.
Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2016
The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe is a mysterious poem. It is a classic, bleak and filled with darkness. Five stars read aloud. This is only a sample, not a full book.
"'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.
Many people have written so much about this poem that I really don't want to say more than that I read it some thirty years ago and just now. Both times it meant something to me though it's different now than back then.
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2014
Okay...it's a classic. I read it twice before, once in junior high and once in college. That was a long time ago so I thought I should read it again. I remembered some of the phrases, but in no way was I floored or enthralled by it. Maybe, it was overrated in the first place. Maybe I will feel compelled to read it again in 20 years. The better part was the latter section of the book about a challenge to a female poet to "beat" Poe, to do something as, or more, compelling. Her thinking as to what that might be was more interesting to read.
5.0 out of 5 starsWhat If Edgar Allen Poe Grew Up With Just Say No?
Reviewed in the United States on June 15, 2016
How could the likes of me give a bad review to the inventor of the modern thriller? He does a masterful job of drawing in his audience, long before they understand both the writer and his character were insane and the writer was possibly high as a kite when he wrote this guilt-ridden utterance of angst. This work is an excellent example of what one talented yet delusional man can create given the time, a light, a pen, some paper, and several doses of opium.
Thought this was going to be a nice addition to my library as a beautifully illustrated copy of one of my favourites. Instead got something that looks like it was printed from a school computer. Cover image doesn't even line up correctly on the front. And the description stating it's an "illustrated" copy actually means 'lets throw in a load of random pictures that have nothing to do with the poem'. Can only assume these are illustrations by Poe possibly, but definitely far from what one would consider an 'illustrated' version of the poem since they bear no relevance to the text whatsoever. Seriously question all these 5 star reviews........
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 24, 2019
No offence but very poor quality, looks like i printed it off myself from a broken and 200 year old printer, loads of pictures and writing massive and on different pages really randomly split, ordered it for a level but will not be using, also front cover was printed off centre
5.0 out of 5 starsUma Pequena Joia De Inestimável Valor
Reviewed in Brazil on March 17, 2015
"O Corvo" ou "The Raven" é uma pequena jóia de inestimável valor, resultado do trabalho de um perito ourives: Edgar Allan Poe.
Esse poema foi escrito em meados do século dezenove e aborda tanto imutabilidade da morte, representada pela ave, como o pesar eterno, no caso, a dor do protagonista pela morte de Lenora, seu grande amor. Com uma magnífica sonoridade, métrica exata, assim como rimas internas e jogos fonéticos, apresenta um Poe inspirado, hábil construtor de uma atmosfera sobrenatural.
Sua tradução é um grande desafio, vários mestres da literatura se aventuraram como Baudelaire e Mallarmé (França). No nosso idioma, as mais importantes são de Machado de Assis e Fernando Pessoa, porém, se possível, não deixe de ler a versão original, oferecida sem nenhum custo para o leitor.
The crow, being captured by Poe's pen, became the symbol of fatal prenuntia, since the mourning bird has been immortalized in poetry as the messenger of the irreparable loss and inevitability of death. This is one of the cases in the literature in which the author's own image merges with his work, when the artist seizes an idea or image in a way that can give him a permanent and inseparable meaning of his artistic creation.