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James Earl Jones Reads The Raven

(YouTube Link) The guy who gave Darth Vader his voice reads Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem The Raven, and his booming baritone has ruined all further readings of the poem forevermore. When James Earl Jones reads something, it stays read! –via Gizmodo

The Late Movies: Shel Silverstein

We’ve mentioned before that acclaimed children’s poet Shel Silverstein wrote “A Boy Named Sue,” the song popularized by the great Johnny Cash. I was thinking about Silverstein the other day and realized you guys would probably like more Shel Silverstein in your lives. So here you go, folks. Six excellent, memorable moments from his poetry [...]

Patton Oswalt’s "The Song of Ulvaak" Put to Music

(Video Link) Patton Oswalt’s book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland includes his reflections on the impact of role-playing games upon his life. This is followed by a lengthy poem entitled “The Song of Ulvaak” about one of Oswalt’s own characters. Allie Goetz, who composed the Dungeons & Dragons song “Tonight,” has put the poem into music. It’s a [...]

Who Really Wrote “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”?

Call it a literary mystery – nearly 190 years after “A Visit from St. Nicholas” was published in New York’s Troy Sentinel, we still don’t know who really wrote the classic poem. When it was first appeared in the newspaper on December 23, 1823, there was no name attached to it. It wasn’t until 13 [...]

Johnny Depp

Filmmaker Tim Burton wrote a poem about his frequent casting choice Johnny Depp. He also illustrated it! Link

The Chaos

The Chaos is a poem often used to demonstrate how difficult it is to pronounce words in English, as the spelling and pronunciation varies so. It was written by Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité, who first published it in 1909, then revised and lengthened it several times before his death in 1946. More lines were added [...]

The Quick 10: Quoth mental_floss “Nevermore.”

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” is 165 years old this week. That’s not bad for a bird with a life expectancy of 40 years (that’s in captivity, if you’re interested – 15 years is the longest a tagged raven has ever lived in the wild). We’ll say Happy Birthday to the morbid black bird by [...]

Poetry Clock

I’m not sure how it works, but this 8-ft by 8-ft clock by artist Miss Moun displays the time by selectively lighting up words in a poem. Three words are always lit, and each word represents either the hour, minute, or second. The piece is entitled “6 Is for Blossom”, and you can view more [...]