Enjoy The Simpsons Covering Poe

<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/29733360″>Bart The Raven</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/wsfl”>SFL-TV</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p> Read Poe’s “The Raven” in our Norton Anthology. Then enjoy this video version with your book open. You will find how accurate it is to the text. I think Matt Groening enjoyed his American literature in high school.

Then take a moment to reflect on the poem. Is the poem a celebration of the musical quality of language? Does Poe use the speaker in this poem to show the qualities of madness? Or does Poe aim to have the speaker share his sadness for his lost love, Lenore? Take a position and make a claim in the comment thread below. Be sure to supply one phrase or sentence of the text for support. You can agree with a classmate; just be sure to find different textual evidence for your claim. Have fun!


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25 Responses to Enjoy The Simpsons Covering Poe

  1. cparrow9 says:

    Reading “The Raven” I like the atmosphere Poe creates at the beginning of the poem. For English in the past I have read several of Poe’s works and many of them seem to share a similar quality in the fact that they take place in dark or gloomy settings. Just in time for Halloween, this poem and The “Tell Tale Heart” do a particularly good job of conveying a certain kind of fear that can sometimes be hard to describe. Poe describes this feeling well, similar to a modern scary movie. Reading this, the reader is transported back to a cold, dim room sitting next to glowing embers on a dark dreary 1800’s night. “once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, while I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.” (1-4). Just as a scary movie creates tension by focusing on specific details, so too does Poe by conveying a certain air of fear and mystery, so much so that it can make the reader nervous just reading these poems. The powerful way in which the settings of Poe’s poems are described really does a good job of setting a Halloween-ish mood for his works. Many of which are strengthened from this kind of mood-setting due to the frightening or unusual things they describe.

    • cecilemeierscherling says:

      I enjoyed reading your comment. You made a very good explanation how Peo creates a mysterious and supernatural setting in “The Raven”. I especially liked your comparison to other poems by Poe. It made me, the reader, feel that you understand the style of Peo and enjoyed reading Peo´s poems. I totally agree with your comparison that the feeling of fear that something is going to happen in Peo´s poems is similar to the atmosphere in modern horror movies. I think that Peo reached the goals many directors of horror movies aim after; to create a mysterious, dark and unknown atmosphere throughout their work, so that the spectators get nervous and exited about what is going to happen next and do not want to stop watching or reading the work. I certainly felt that way reading “The Raven”. Although you described, explained and gave great comparisons to the atmosphere in “The Raven” the task was to reflect either on the musical language, the quality of madness, or the sadness of his love Lenore.

  2. 18jdl says:

    “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe makes you feel like you are in the story yourself and there is a tapping at your door. Poe hooks the reader at the start and keeps one engaged throughout the poem. In The Raven we see how it reflects madness as he is thinking about how his wife could be at the door knocking. Also, one could take it as the door is an opening to his mind for the supernatural “”Tis, some visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door- some late visiter entreating entrance at my chamber door””(16-17). The Simpsons reenact “The Raven” and are very accurate to what happens in the book. Even though Poe wrote this in the 1800s we see how The Simpsons even incorporate it in their show and how people still find it fascinating.

    • Braden Kane says:

      The opening sentence was really accurate on how the story truly feels to the reader. Justin did a good job on summarizes what the poem does as a whole. He also made a great interpretation of the door acting as a new percecption. If there was something to improve, would be few vocabulary changes. Also, use spellcheck to look out for grammatical errors, like where commas should be placed. Other than that it was an ideal response. Great work!

  3. bsullivan35 says:

    Thoughtful responses above; however, we are wondering about the three possible interpretations. Please reflect on the three and make a claim.

    Is the poem a celebration of the musical quality of language? Does Poe use the speaker in this poem to show the qualities of madness? Or does Poe aim to have the speaker share his sadness for his lost love, Lenore? Take a position and make a claim in the comment thread below.

  4. tonyxueblog says:

    The Raven basically describes the sad man loses his lover and tires to read and forget his pain. However, the more he reads, the sad he becomes. The raven, which represents death and unluckiness, flies into the house that he meets with his lover Lenore. When the man asks his name, if there is anything to reduce the pain of losing Lenore, if he will meet Lenore in the heaven again, and getting the raven out, the raven repeats “never more”, which leads the man into a deep sadness. Also, the scene is totally black, which means death and hopeless as a symbol of the man’s colour in his mind. The cartoon well demonstrated the scene in the poem. Also, related to Edgar Poe’s personal experience, the poem represents Poe’s real life, which is sink into and enjoy the sadness of losing someone he loves.

    • maxwiener18 says:

      This comment was very enriched with the important principles of “The Raven.” Tony expertly summarized the poem with clear explanations. One thing that he idd very well was that he used direct quotes from the source, which helps the reader understand “The Raven.” One thing that he could maybe do more of is analyze his sources with more depth. Otherwise, well done Tony!

  5. Braden Kane says:

    “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe is a very prominent poem and is a perfect one to discuss because it is just around Halloween time. Poe was trying to point out the madness of the himself, a sad man, losing his lover Lenore. It implements a sense of fear into the reader, making them almost feel like they are experiencing the situation. The love was lost, and then madness follows it. “But the raven still beguiling all my sad soul into smiling” (67). The quote demonstrates the insanity that is being put upon Poe. The madness drives him so crazy that he even speaks to a raven. The way the language flowed was great, with rhymes in every line like most poems are expected. I liked how The Simpsons interpreted an old poem of American Literature into an everyday TV show as well.

    • 18emh says:

      Braden had a good response to “The Raven”. One thing that I think he could have done slightly better job with is inserting quotations so that they flow into a sentence and explaining the quote a little more. Some things that he did very well with was pointing out what Poe was trying to get across to the reader when he wrote what he wrote. I also thought that Braden used very strong vocabulary to strengthen his response. Good job Braden!

  6. 18mbb says:

    In Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, “The Raven”, the narrator is longing over the loss of his wife Lenore. As the night goes on, his depression deepens causing him to believe in the supernatural beings surrounding him. He hears knocks from outside the door, but when he checks, only darkness is to be found. “From my books surcrease of sorrow – sorrow for the lost Lenore.” (Line 7). The narrator has gone mad because of the loss of his wife Lenore. The Raven itself displays his madness even more causing an outburst of rage. It is almost that he is in denial that his wife has died. Furthermore, The Simpsons give an image to the story, demonstrating a sense of humor from of our favorite TV characters acting out. Even with the Simpson’s funny twist, this episode kept to it’s plot of recreating the madness of the narrator over his lost wife, Lenore.

    • tonyxueblog says:

      This comment is really nice with the deep analysis of supernatural and madness in “the Raven”. The reason of how madness appears is very well illustrated. The supernatural analysis is also pretty good with the quotes from the poem. You did a good job in the logical analysis. The only thing needs to improve is that you can dig it a little deeper, such as what really makes him mad and what shows he is mad. All in all, you did a great job!

  7. junyangc1617 says:

    When you are reading The Raven by Edgar you will fell like you are in this story and everything is happened on you. At the beginning Poe captures the reader’s attention and makes reader interested to read until the end.

    • 18mbb says:

      Good point on the beginning of “The Raven”. Poe does a fabulous job hooking the reader in the first couple stanzas and maintaining the interest throughout. You could add some textual evidence and describe the meaning of them. Next time try using some different vocabulary to spice up your response. Definitely check your spelling before posting, I recommend using Microsoft Word, it autocorrects your incorrect words for you. Your goal should be to make your response as interesting as the poem.

    • sashaderby says:

      I really like how Junyang makes the reader try to imagine how they would feel if they were in the poem. I will raise the question of what you think would be a good quote to support your claim. Also I would polish up on what you think the main purpose of the poem is whether it is love, music, or madness.

  8. jselbst17 says:

    In “The Raven”, by Edgar Allen Poe, Poe uses tone of words to display the dark mood that one is meant to feel as they read the story. Poe is going insane while thinking about his lost love. He see’s this raven, the raven stares daggers at him and shoots down all his hope of finding his lost love. He describes this insidious bird with such disgust towards it. “What this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore; Meant it croaking nevermore.” The Raven repeatedly nulls the hopes of Poe of finding his lost love. The author uses rhyming techniques that really show the qualities of the subjects madness. He uses specific details to describe his terror throughout this harrowing night. He is talking to a bird in a dark tone so that alone should show the reader that something is off, but the wordplay that Poe uses displays the intricacies of the subjects insanity.

    • jackpumphret says:

      First of all, I think that this was very well written and that the vocabulary you used was perfect for explaining how he was able to create such a detailed atmosphere and personality in such a small amount of text. I think that you easily showed that you read the poem and that you even probably enjoyed it. I do wish that some parts were a bit more fleshed out. For example, make a concrete explanation about the connection between him going insane and the raven appearing and mocking him. Also, I think that where you said something such as “he uses specific details”, you should give one or more examples of this to give the audience a clear image of what you are trying to explain. Just remember that when you use a quotation from the poem you should put a parenthetical citation at the end of the sentence before the period. Finally, I think that some sentences could have been placed differently or combined with others, such as the first part of the last sentence, which could have been put earlier in the post when you begin to talk about the appearance and purpose of the raven. Overall, I thought it was pretty good, but just make sure that the post is organized so that if you were to read this as someone else, that you would be able to pick up the point of the essay right away.

  9. sashaderby says:

    I believe “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe, shows a large amount of lost love. Specifically, the threshold shows that the narrorated thinks his love, Lenore is hiding behind the chamber door. The narrator, Poe says “‘Tis some visitor… tapping at my chamber door– only this, and nothing more” (5-6). This quotation shows Poe’s desperate invasion of love. As a result, the narrator always opens the door and finds no one there. This sense relates to the Scarlet Letter when Arthur thinks he sees a ghost of Hester when he is first in the woods (Chapter 17).

    • junyangc1617 says:

      This comment is pretty good. In this poem love is a really important part. You also found some quotes from this poem to help you to explain your reasoning. An quote from the Scarlet Letter can also helps you to prove your reasoning. Great job.

  10. maxwiener18 says:

    Edgar Allen Poe utilizes the shear madness of his words in “The Raven.” All throughout the text, the narrator is jumping at each knock at his cellar door, and he begins to become unstable with each knock. He cannot read his text that he was engulfed in because of his mental state. The use of dark imagery and repugnant words to symbolize the pure fear that he is feeling. Each time he attempts to return to his reading, he is interrupted by what he believes to be the same sound each time. He does the same thing each time at his attempts to find the sound, and this is why he begins to go insane. The fear that is portrayed throughout the story truly shows that the main theme of madness.

  11. cecilemeierscherling says:

    Poe uses in “The Raven” a sense of music. First of all, there is a certain beat in the poem. The trochaic tetrameter, Poe puts into the poem, makes “The Raven” sound more fluid “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary” (line 1). The trochaic tetrameter is a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable. In this line the stressed syllables are the bold words. The tetrameter means that there is a total of 4 stressed syllables in each rime. Another sense of music in “The Raven” is the tapping “suddenly there came a tapping, as of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door” (line 3). Poe represents with the tapping another musical sound.

    • justinlevsky says:

      This post was very well written. In “The Raven” music is a huge part of this poem and you explain how he uses it in the story to help explain his work. You use two quotes from the poem which help explain your reasoning. You pick up on what Poe uses and especially how he enhances music and the tapping at his door to have the reader think they are there. Great job!

  12. 18emh says:

    In “The Raven” Edger Allen Poe uses a theme of music to give the poem life and flow. “Tapping on my chamber door” (line 5), “and “so faintly you came tapping, tapping on my chamber door” (line 22). Poe uses the word “tapping” a lot to give rhythm and flow to his poem. Poe successfully uses trochaic tetrameter to give his poem rhythm and flow. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary” (line 1), Poe uses trochaic tetrameter, which consists of four trochees to enhance his poem. A trochee is a long syllable, or stressed syllable, followed by a short, or unstressed, one.

  13. bsullivan35 says:

    Keep up the good work here. We are curating our work with Poe on this blog post. Here’s more support for what I shared in class when I told you that Emerson called Poe a “jingle” man: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/05/us/edgar-allan-poes-feud-with-boston-nevermore.html?_r=0 Enjoy! Be sure to click on the link for jingle man!

  14. jackpumphret says:

    I personally believe that in Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “The Raven” the main character is going through a stage of utter grief after the passing of his wife Lenore. It is clear from the beginning that the character is still so deeply in love with his recently deceased wife, Lenore, and because of that his subconscious has manifested his feelings and turned them into nightmares that keep him up at night. In the shifted reality that his subconscious constructed within his dreams, the main character still feels that “from [his] books surcease of sorrow – sorrow for the lost Lenore – / For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore” (Poe 638). He wishes for the life of him that behind the door is his “lost Lenore”, however in her place is instead the raven. The raven is yet another construct of his subconscious that is essentially there to tell him that he should understand that “nevermore” will he see Lenore. Poe’s use of the raven helps to emphasize this point because although small, ravens have always been signs of foreshadowing for bad events or bad news. By using this metaphor, Poe is able to appeal to all who understand simple imagery and allow them to empathize with the main character and feel a little bit of what he is going through with his loss of Lenore.

    • cparrow9 says:

      You do a good job interpreting so much from so little information given about Lenore in the poem. You make a great connection between the raven and Lenore, and how the speaker’s subconscious creates the raven to help him come to terms with the hole left by Lenore, and how the raven saying “nevermore” not only applies to the context of his conversations with the raven, but how he will see Lenore “nevermore”. One good argument you could make to build on this is how the speaker’s struggle to get rid of the raven reflects on the speakers struggle to move on from his lost love Lenore. The raven might be thought of as the embodiment of the speakers lost love, so the speaker’s desperate struggle to get rid of the raven from his study parallels the speaker’s desperate struggle to try to get rid of the grief and sadness losing Lenore has caused him. The anger that the raven causes the speaker by stubbornly refusing to leave the speakers study could be thought of like the anger and grief within the speaker from his lost Lenore that he can never escape from.

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