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Poe's "The Raven" to be featured at special Halloween event

Edgar Allan Poe

     No other author conjures up visions of terror more than Edgar Allan Poe, and the Ball Ground Senior Center will observe Halloween with a special reading of his most famous poem, "The Raven," next Tuesday morning, Oct. 30.

 

By Larry Cavender

Contributing writer

 

Probably no other American author conjures up visions of terror more than Edgar Allan Poe. Probably no other work of literature is more haunting than Poe's poem, "The Raven." So what better way is there to observe Halloween than with a celebration of Edgar Allan Poe and his most famous poem?

Why did the poem's narrator seek "...to borrow from my books surcease of sorrow - sorrow for the lost Lenore"? What was it the Raven, "...this grim, ungainly, ghastly, gaunt, and ominous bird of yore meant in

croaking 'Nevermore'"? Why is it that the Raven "...still is sitting on the pallid bust of Pallas....and my soul...shall be lifted - nevermore"?

The answers to these questions, as well as many more, shall be revealed at a special reading of "The Raven" next Tuesday morning, at the Ball Ground Senior Center.

In addition to learning the answers to those questions mentioned above, the hidden meanings behind Poe's symbolism will be discovered. For example, why did Poe choose a raven as the unwelcome visitor? Why did the Raven arrive on a "midnight dreary...in the bleak December"?  Why did the Raven perch "...upon a bust of Pallas" just above a chamber door?

Poe's literary genius will also be unearthed through a discussion of his figurative devices which oftentimes leaves the unknowing reader of the poem with a "tingle in the spine." 

If you are a senior, and if you dare, you are encouraged to attend this special Halloween event. The special reading of "The Raven" will be held at 11 a.m. next Tuesday morning, October 30th, at the Ball Ground Senior Center located on Groover Street near the Ball Ground Community Building. The event is free, and all seniors are cordially invited to attend.