, My grandson and I are chuckling over your comment. Now I have to watch that video. This is "Bart The Raven" by WSFL-TV on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. Homer, however, will sleep fitfully – if at all – with the lights on. I love Vincent Price, too – excellent voice and drama. The raven is Bart, and Marge becomes Lenore. Edgar? It was a major disappointment when compared to Vincent Price and I had to turn it off. Edgar Allan Poe gave me great material to work with. Hope you’re having a great weekend. He is one of my all time favorites! Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Awesome? But I do appreciate your vote of confidence, Tracy. The Twisting of the Twisted: The Simpsons’ Perspective on Poe’s “The Raven” The Simpsons is a popular TV series that is often noted for its satirical treatment of famous literary works. “And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, Shall be lifted – nevermore!”. The grief-stricken narrator had been “dreaming dreams, no mortal ever dared to dream.” He is torn between wanting to remember and trying to forget his lovely Lenore. The Raven in The Simpsons - Representation in Media. Answer: In the first seasons of The Simpsons, Lisa is an omnivore like the rest of her family, but, after an interaction with an adorable lamb at a local petting zoo during the show’s seventh season, she decides to forgo meat, a character development that she maintains throughout the … Judy, we would have made GREAT team teachers! Thanks for the compliment, Paprika. Glad you enjoyed my post. Pattern 2: Block by block Then, the raven perches above the chamber door. I hope so, because I really think I’m going to prove it to you. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Did that catch your attention? It takes an awesome teacher to be willing to bring the Simpson’s version of The Raven into class and compare it to the original. . Warped? I confess, Amy. Probably another two or three dozen, … The Simpsons will soon air their thirty-first Treehouse of Horror special, but why are the Halloween outings known by this moniker? Pattern 1: Point by point. The Raven is one of those poems that as a teenager I would have found difficult to understand. Vincent Price gives the poem’s narrator just the right touch of despair and madness. Let me continue with this: Yes, if we want to have a really good conversation, we’ll have to involve other names like Shakespeare and Chaucer and Hemmingway and Joyce. When a raven comes in a sits on top of his door the narrator questions and yells at the raven, but the raven's only response to everything the narrator is "Nevermore", this eventually drove him crazy, it could be said that the raven trapped his soul in the chamber. What the narrator is asking is whether there is a heaven. “Leave my loneliness unbroken! DVD reviewer Doug Pratt described "The Raven" as a "perfect adaptation". the main contrast to me is how sarcastic Homer sounds, compared to the narrator from the original "take thy BEAK from OUT my HEART... why you little..!" Even The Simpsons, on their first ever 'Treehouse of Horror' episode, provides us with their version of 'The Raven,' complete with a lovesick Homer and Bart-headed raven. . Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog's author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. I stole the idea for using The Simpsons telling “The Raven” from another teacher. Now, I’d be raving about that. English Language Arts, Poetry, Halloween. The Raven is a character from Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven who torments the narrator, representing his insanity for his deceased wife, Lenore. What does the narrator find when he opens the door? It was amazing to hear those rhythmic and eloquent lines coming out of his mouth. Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film). Video: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven,” read by Vincent Price http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuGZ_wp_i9w, “Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Down the corridors of my mind: Stories of travel, family and life, “Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.”. Thank you, Deb. COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Judy Berman and earthrider, 2011-15. And I wonder; did it make Poe laugh at his own cleverness? Voiced by. This is my 10th year teaching. This it is, and nothing more.”. The poem’s tone is somber and eerie. Thanks for a great post, Judy. This is a horror poem that is based on an unnamed narrorator resting in a chamber and reminiscing about a lost girl named Lenore. I heard someone reading “The Raven” on the radio on Friday. This gave suspense and mystery while the times where he was chasing the raven gave more action than the poem. Many episodes of Fox Network’s TV series, The Simpsons, are parodies of classical and contemporary literary works – from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series going through Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.After reading the original texts, we can compare and contrast each of them to a specific episode of the TV series. comment from earthrider to Photography Journal: In the original poem, the raven’s one-word response angers the narrator. I love your illustrations and your delightful twists on reality. Comparing. Who can measure up to that rendition? Very convincing. “But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token. Happy Halloween-ing. – quit the bust above my door! Vincent Price, the incomparable voice of Michael Jackson’s “The Thriller,” is unparalleled. purpose. Charles, I can see how your older brother got into it. . The fire is casting strange shadows on the floor. I don’t watch The Simpsons but I was impressed with what I read above. In a segment of the 1990 Halloween episode “Treehouse of Horror,” writer Sam Simon delivers a creative, humorous reworking of Edgar Allan Poe’s In "Treehouse of Horror", Homerhears the tale and imagines himself as the narrator. What helps them is viewing this poem told by Lisa Simpson. The once-great animated sitcom is a pop culture institution and while The Simpsons has fallen out of favor with critics and audiences alike in … I don’t miss grading all the essays, attending all the staff meetings or listening to parents complain that their children deserved A grades in spirt of cutting class and failing exams. 5. , I do, too. Treehouse of Horror, also known as The Simpsons Halloween Specials, is a series of Halloween-themed episodes of the animated sitcom The Simpsons, each consisting of three separate, self-contained segments.These segments usually involve the Simpson family in some horror, science fiction, or supernatural setting. Countless parodies have been written, and the poem has been referenced in everything from The Simpsons to the NFL team the Baltimore Ravens (their mascot is even named "Poe"). I miss those days, I really do. Thanks, Tom. The only poems I remember memorizing that’s stuck with me all these years are Longfellow’s, “Paul Revere’s Ride.” That was in the 5th grade …and, much later, Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd.”, Poe’s poem is wonderfully dark. And yet strangely I was a big fan of Kate Bush at that age and loved reading her complex printed lyrics on her albums. Compare and contrast. 8. I did the same thing with my sophomore English classes, and I also showed the Simpson scene on our classroom TV AND played recordings of famous readers of “The Raven” regaling us with their wonderful voices. Maybe so, but it still gives me the shivers. Thanks, Mark. Hope you and your family are having a great weekend. This version gave comedic variant to the original poem and made it a little more appealing to today's audiences. You can find specific show content by clicking the menu system at the top of t Major Themes in "The Raven" From The Raven summary, we know it's definitely a melancholy poem, and most of its themes revolve around grim topics. 3. Take thy beak from out my heart, and take the form from off my door!”, The raven stares down at the desolate Homer who lies in the raven’s shadow on the floor. I remember my older brother memorizing and reciting “The Raven,” probably for school. The present article analyzes the episode The Raven from the The Simpsons series, inspired by the homonymous poetic text by Edgar Allan Poe written in 1845. As Bart and Lisa points out, the poem – by today’s standards – is pretty tame. Many episodes of Fox Network’s TV series, The Simpsons, are parodies of classical and contemporary literary works – from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series going through Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven.After reading the original texts, we can compare and contrast each of them to a specific episode of the TV series. I liked the poem before The Simpson’s but I liked it more after. Love Vincent Price. Period. Here are 10 of The Simpsons’ best Treehouse of Horror references, along with a bit about the original. Video: link to The Simpsons/Bart The Raven on Teacher Tube  http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=251203, Main Photo:The Raven flying in the open window. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! We bring you a comprehensive and up to date spoiler service on all the major US TV shows and Movies. This version gave comedic variant to the original poem and made it a little more appealing to today's audiences. A further testament to the death grip of all things Poe on popular culture is that no English-language poet, with the exception of Shakespeare, has been depicted in television and cinema more often than Poe.Searching the Internet Movie Database reveals that The Raven is approximately the 54th movie or television show to feature the character of Poe, which itself pales in comparison … He is driven insane by the memory of his deceased wife, Lenoreand a demon, The Raven. Lisa reads “The Raven.” As she reads, Homer morphs into the narrator. It’s odd how one person can get their mind engaged in one direction and not in another! THOH – "Treehouse of Horror" THOH – "Treehouse of Horror XXX" archival footage Treehouse of Horror Evil House • Lenore Kang … You have me curious, Suzy. Way to hook the students! When Homer hears the tale, he imagines Bart as the Raven. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. You’re such a super storyteller, Judy. What does the narrator find most surprising about the Raven? After thirty long years on the air, The Simpsons has left a lot of questions unanswered. The poem continues to fascinate me. I know it is supposed to be “lowbrow” because it is on TV but it did give me a new reason to look at the poem again. The raven is Bart, and Marge becomes Lenore. Review - The Raven vs. Simpsons Adaptaion, Review - The Tell Tale Heart vs. Where does the narrator believe the Raven has learned to speak? (Pluto was the god of the Underworld. Well… maybe. I hadn’t heard of Kate Bush before. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c9/Raven_Manet_D1.tif/lossy-page1-398px-Raven_Manet_D1.tif.jpg, A link to the poem at PoeStories.com, “The Raven,” published in 1845 – http://poestories.com/read/raven, Definitions of terms in “The Raven:” https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/34221#view=notes. Your posts would make even Mr. Poe smile. Hopefully your post will help get me athinkin”. There is a sense of foreboding. Hope you watch both videos for a compare and contrast. But after Vincent Price, I’ll probably never be able to read it aloud again. Great rendition. But it’s easy to see how the raven (Bart) taunted and tormented the grieving narrator. 2. This first aired in The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror on Oct. 24, 1990. This is our Halloween 2009 setup with the Simpsons version of 'The Raven' with James Earl Jones narrating.Thank you for all of the great comments. Subject. The Raven Narrator is the unnamed narrator of Edgar Allan Poe'sThe Raven. W.W. Jacob’s “The Monkey’s Paw” and the Simpsons version of “The Monkey’s Paw” The . It might seem a sacrilege to have a cartoon character read these lines. A stately raven steps in. This past two years it seems there’s even more demands for paperwork and attending meetings. The story irresistibly draws the reader wanting for more. But there is one thing for sure, it’s quite scary, especially when read by Vincent Price. “The Raven” Questions 1. The timbre and tone of Vincent Price’s voice is perfect in The Raven. You’re a great pirate. Thank you for the compliment, timethief. Poe's life held so much unhappiness that is it … He is a counterpart of Bart. How much more scary can you get than that – he does it so well!! . She was the fifth and final prize to be won in the event's Act 2. C edited English subtitles for The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven: Mckaden Beck edited English subtitles for The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven: NDavid edited English subtitles for The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven: Kristy Good edited English subtitles for The Simpsons - Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven I can’t imagine teaching 30 years. This made the whole horror concept a bit more intense. It does give a new perspective. I think it’s great that you found a way to bring young people to the poem, through the Simpsons. Vincent Price was one of a kind. By the tale’s conclusion, the kids have trotted off to bed and fall right to sleep. Each time, the narrator tries to find an answer, the raven only answers, “Nevermore.”, Unfortunately, the Simpsons’ version leaves out some great lines. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. ... Treehouse of Horror I: The Raven View now on Disney Plus. Judy Berman and earthrider, 2011-16. Like all teachers, I’m a goniff (thief). 30 years was enough! This adaptation brought in few new techniques such as having slower scenes with Homers worried face. You’re as clever a teacher as Poe was a writer, in my opinion. I love the way you tell a story, And no one can tell a story better of someone telling a story better than you! I would have loved that experience of team teaching with you, Marilyn. The narrator (Homer) is interrupted by “someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.” At first, he tries to dismiss his fears by saying, “Tis some visitor entreating entrance at my chamber door. This made the whole thing more enjoyable and allowed viewers to actually see that action. Comparing Poe's 'The Raven' to 'The Simpsons' episode inspired by the original story 3. It might seem a sacrilege to have a cartoon character read these lines. “And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me – filled me with fantastic terror never felt before.”. I love the creativity and brainstorming that can make a good lesson great. The raven is warned to go and not leave any of his black feathers behind. Nancy Cartwright. He shrieks at the bird, telling Bart to get back to the Night’s Plutonium Shore. But it’s easy to see how the raven (Bart) taunted and tormented the grieving narrator. The story was practically the same as the original poem but the Narrator, the Raven and Lenore are played out by the Simpsons characters, Homer, Bart and Marge. When the narrator opens the shutter, what does he find? Nope, don’t miss any of that at all. Wonderful post. . Glad you liked it, Island Traveler. . I still know a large part of the poem, all these years later, just from having listened to him practice. You’re not a thief. Later, Homer is scared by the story and thinks he sees the Raven … They were often a little bit of a mystery as to what they were really about, especially some the tracks that were not released as a single – and yet I loved them. In an essay, describe the comparison the speaker makes, citing details from the poem your point. Their relationship was good and eventually … My students love this poem even though the language is initially foreign to them. That’s the fun part of the job. Yes, THE Lisa Simpson. Poe’s reference is to the world of the dead, where the narrator suspects the Raven came from.). Let me start with this: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is the greatest work of literature ever written. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. I listened to a few others, but – for me – none topped Vincent Price. The Raven,” illustration by Édouard Manet (1875)  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/34/Le_Corbeau_-_Manet%2C_Ex_Libris.jpg, Photo:The Raven’s shadow over the narrator. Bart and Lisa are telling scary stories in the treehouse, unaware that Homer is just outside listening in. The Poem Then, the raven perches above the chamber door. Both the poem and the Simpsons adaptation were fun to look at but overall I believe that the Simpsons version was more enjoyable as it made me feel as though the story was better paced and gave off a better sense of suspense and excitement than the poem. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuGZ_wp_i9w, http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=251203, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ed/Raven_Manet_C1.tif/lossy-page1-456px-Raven_Manet_C1.tif.jpg, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/34/Le_Corbeau_-_Manet%2C_Ex_Libris.jpg, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c9/Raven_Manet_D1.tif/lossy-page1-398px-Raven_Manet_D1.tif.jpg, https://www.vocabulary.com/lists/34221#view=notes. Homer, responding to the loud tapping at the window, flings open the shutter. I hate it when they say creepy stuff like that, especially when they do their Vincent Price impression… : (, Great stuff, Judy. They did seem to enjoy it and it actually helped them understand the poem. That’s draining and stressful. Have a nice afternoon, Judy! And it’s interesting to see that poem read in a episode of the Simpson’s, I’m amazed that would be enough to draw young peoples interest – just shows the power of television, and animation too! I think the animation of “The Simpsons” and Bart’s asides do make “The Raven” more memorable. Glad you liked the post. Poe’s The Raven still thrills. They take place outside the show's normal continuity and … I love The Raven. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to (Judy Berman) and (earthrider, earth-rider.com, or earthriderdotcom) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. of this assignment is to recognize different patterns of organization through a real-world comparison. I love The Simpsons (the first 10 years) and I really enjoyed their take on “The Raven.” I’m glad I’m not the only one. The story was practically the same as the original poem but the Narrator, the Raven and Lenore are played out by the Simpsons characters, Homer, Bart and Marge. And it has referenced Edgar Allan Poe in both title ( “The Tell-Tale Head” from the first season) and in passing (in “Lisa’s Rival” from 1994, the title character builds a diorama based on the same Poe tale.) , That is exactly why there’s a big No Ravens Allowed sign on my birdfeeder. Kurt M. Koenigsberger said in his book Leaving Springfield that The Simpsons, while "not strictly a literary form ... is certainly the literate of all situation comedies". The Simpsons "The Raven" Episode ... *comparison of two authors from the same period *close reading of a highly complex texts *decoding sophisticated language *identifying key concepts and themes *evaluation of figurative language and nuances *reading multiple works by … Create your own unique website with customizable templates. 1 About 2 Jobs 2.1 Regular Jobs 3 Trivia 4 Gallery Edwina was a former lover of Abraham Simpson, whom she met in England during World War II. Which of the following does the narrator not want the Raven to do? Edwina is a limited-time character that was released on December 18, 2019, as part of Act 2 of Abe's in Toyland 2019 Event. 4. Yarr-harr-harr! Illustration by Édouard Manet for a French translation by Stéphane Mallarmé of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” (1875)  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ed/Raven_Manet_C1.tif/lossy-page1-456px-Raven_Manet_C1.tif.jpg, Photo: The Raven flying, “Le Corbeau, The Raven, poeme by Edgar Poe. I love to read it aloud–it’s so over-the-top that makes me laugh. I am such a Simpsons fan. Through a process of comparison… Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to (Judy Berman) and (earthrider, earth-rider.com, or earthriderdotcom) with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. I’ll try to check her out. "The Simpsons" "The Simpsons" is different from "The Raven" because it is framed differently,in the poem the story just starts,but in the film it starts with Bart teasing Lisa.It is also different because it has added words like "Eat my shorts" & the raven flying around his head repeating the word "Nevermore : ). And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, “Lenore.”. Have a great weekend. Those lines are from Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of horror, “The Raven.” In it, the narrator mourns the death of his lovely Lenore. Carl … I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I gotta come up with more Halloween for blog. 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