S2 E18: The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

Happy Halloween!

On the days of October 31 and November 1, we celebrate traditions that have come to us through the centuries.  The ancients who commemorated the Celtic Festival of Samhain would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts, marking the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or “darker-half” of the year. All Saints Day originated with Pope Gregory III, in around 731 when he designated November 1st as a time to honour all saints.  

Soon, as is the way with legends and traditions, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain.  What was first known as All Hallows Eve, became Halloween, a day where activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats have entertained us over the years.

Fears come in the night and are exaggerated by darkness. 

What better time than now to recite “The Raven” the poem by Edgar Allan Poe.

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

We find a young scholar reading books of “lore” by a dying fire on a dreary night in December. Lamenting the loss of love, the young scholar is seeking a way to forget the death of the beloved Lenore.  A tapping at the chamber door reveals nothing.  But the tapping is repeated more incessantly, now at the window. When the window is opened, a raven flutters into the chamber and perches on the bust of Pallas above the door.

As the poem progresses the young scholar begins as “weak and weary,” transitioning to regretful and grief-stricken, before passing into an angry frenzy when the raven says “nevermore” to being reunited with the beloved Lenore.

Thank you for joining me in reciting The Raven.

The dawn is near, morning is coming, and a new day will come again.   Having faced darkness, it is time to live in the light.

Until we meet again, dear friends, keep reading, keep reciting poetry, take care and be well. I leave you with these words by Edgar Allan Poe.

“To elevate the soul, poetry is necessary.”

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Published by Rebecca Budd

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4 thoughts on “S2 E18: The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

  1. We Brits of a certain age have come to hate the fact that Hallowe’en has been high-jacked by commercialism and plastic tat. It used to be a low-key festival with turnips, not pumpkins being carved (dangerous that!), with simple games like apple-bobbing to entertain us. So Edgar Allan Poe puts me back in touch with those simpler times, despite the fact that it’s very far from cosy. I’ll finish listening at the end of the day, because breakfast tine listening it isn’t!

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  2. Leave it to Poe, that master of misery, mystery, mayhem and murder to write the perfect poem for All Hallows Eve. Thank you for guiding us out of that hellish chamber with your words, “Having faced the darkness, it is time to live in the light.” 🙂

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