It is around 11.30 pm now and I am listening to James Earl Jones reading The Raven. The Raven is a poem written by American author and poet Edgar Allan Poe. It was firstly published in 1845.
There are a number of actors who read The Raven (Christopher Walken, Christopher Lee, James Earl Jones etc). These records are available on YouTube but I find James Earl Jones’ version is the best.
I am really a sucker for beautiful male voices. Especially when the clear articulation and the tone are just impeccable like those of James Earl Jones. His deep, husky, pervasive voice leaves me in awe. For your information you may have heard this man’s voice in The Lion King (Mufasa) and in Star Wars saga (Darth Vader).
Listen and shudder.
This is the first strophe of The Raven.
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 some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
`’Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door –
Only this, and nothing more.’
The Raven in The Following
This dark poem about death, sorrow and lost love forms a theme for Fox series The Following, starring Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy. The serial killer in The Following (Purefoy) is inspired by The Raven, so are his followers. I quit watching The Following after episode 3 season 2 though. The storyline has become unrealistic and some actors are such a bore.
Each verse in The Raven ends with Nothing More or Nevermore. It rhymes very well and it sounds very beautiful when read in the suitable tone according to the theme; dark, sorrow and lost love.
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