Raven Redux

Recycled for Halloween 2012


One of my all-time favorite poems is Poe’s The Raven, but let’s face it, at 1086 words it is way too long.  In today’s frenetic world, who has the time to read such things. So, in the interest of making it more accessible to the schedule-impaired, and with all due respect to the original, I have undertaken a slight edit.  Here is my 68 word version of the classic.


Lonely dude about to snore

Hears a knock upon his door

What is there? A talking bird!

All it knows is one damn word

Conversation is a bore

All it says is “nevermore”

Asks about his long lost flame

Lenore, the lovely lady’s name

Bird provides no help at all

“Nevermore,” it’s single call

Lonely dude goes raving mad

Bird just sits there.  Bird is bad

Linked to One Shot Wednesday.

  1. March 22, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    LOL Great flow and precision to your stanzas. Also appreciate the laugh. Thanks

  2. March 22, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Poe would definitely have enjoyed it! Thumbs up to you dude! The first lightening poem I read after a lot of sad verses (including mine). 🙂

  3. March 22, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    ha. so he writes a poem about it that will be read for centuries…smiles.

  4. March 22, 2011 at 11:33 PM

    Great reworking of the original. Nice rhyming and synopsis. I couldn’t help but laugh at the humour injected as well. Nice one.

  5. earlybird
    March 23, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    Well ‘edited’! excellent

  6. March 23, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Tongue, meet cheek. Very clever stuff.

  7. March 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    Will you do Whitman’s “Song of Myself” next?

  8. March 23, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Wonderful stuff!

    the beast demands

  9. March 24, 2011 at 12:05 AM

    oml ~ that is the best, as I love Poe, but hello, so wordy! Way to update it for us digital readers of 2011..

  10. March 24, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    That was hilarious. Thanks for the very welcome laughs!

  11. March 24, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    Great rhyme and interesting twist.. I liked it.
    Oh yes Raven is also my enjoyable reads…

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
    At Twitter @VerseEveryDay

  12. March 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Oh never mow this would be a blow to Poe if he were to ever know. Sorry.. could not resist..

  13. March 24, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Cool dude! Bird rude! Thanks for the laughs will be visiting again.

  14. March 24, 2011 at 8:37 PM

    Love Love the first line. I Knew from then on this would be a great entry. Love your blog name too.

  15. Elaine
    March 24, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    How cute is this.

  16. March 25, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Hahahah, that made me laugh out loud! Loved the rhyming as well and the simplistic language used 😀

  17. March 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Gave me a laugh this morning. Thanks!

  18. March 25, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Thanks for the laugh!


  19. Mr. Walker
    March 25, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Fun, and I don’t care much for Poe. Reminds me of ShrinkLits.

  20. March 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    LOL. Absolutely wonderful and lots of fun. Bad bird. Great job!

  21. March 25, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    Too funny! Love that bad bird.

  22. March 25, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Ha! I will share this with the teachers at my school who teach Poe. They will love it,

  23. March 25, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    That was fun! Loved it!

  24. thingy
    March 25, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Haha. Terrific. Gosh, I needed a laugh. : )

  25. March 25, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    I LOVE this… great ending!

  26. b_y
    March 25, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Good fun.

  27. March 25, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    This has to be the best thing I’ve read since…well, since The Raven (original). Absolutely love it, love it.

  28. March 26, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    That laughter made the whole blooming exercise worthwhile. Thank you. Succinct is a great motto for a poet.

  29. March 26, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    I nearly snorted my coffee! Poe would be turning in his grave evermore! and may even emerge in the form of a raven to sing the ditty! I totally love what you’ve created, but of course as a note to the original.

  30. March 26, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    oh that’s funny. Bird is bad! Raven always seem have a bit of badness in them

  31. March 27, 2011 at 3:46 AM

    I like this! Great fun. Loved the last line.

  32. nan
    March 27, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    This was so funny – so clever – great use of the tools. I loved the twist you put on that “bad bird.”

  33. March 27, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    I’ve already posted here about your hilarious poem. But I wanted to stop by and congratulate you. You’ve scored once again with another Honorable Mention, this time in my second Limerick of the Week contest. Congratulations, and thanks for your delightful limerick.

  34. March 27, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    As a long time fan of Poe, his themes more than his rhymes, I must say this: I adored it. 🙂

  35. March 29, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Great one!

  36. April 3, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    i dont think poe would have been tickled by your poem but it is hilarious! 🙂

  37. April 12, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    I’d choose this over the original any day! LOL

  38. October 31, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    I don’t know Poe’s Raven, but I enjoyed your poem, it made me ‘smile.’ ; )

  39. October 31, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Haha, this was absolutely amazing! Not only was your usage of modern words funny in the context, but it is admittedly a very accurate and succinct summary of the…what, 1086 words?
    Hope you have a great Halloween…haha I’m still laughing.

  40. October 31, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Reblogged this on Welcome to Reality and commented:
    Hilarious, succinct redux of ‘The Raven’ by Edgar Allen Poe.

  41. October 31, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    very rare but powerful perspective.

  42. November 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Lol very funny, it’s perfectfor Halloween.

  43. July 28, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    You’ve been so quiet lately. I hope you’re okay!

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