Books & Writing

Movie Review: The Raven

November 23, 2012

Over the weekend I watched “The Raven”, a movie that came out in the Spring of this year, that tells the story of a killer who performs crimes that mimic stories written by Edgar Allen Poe. Poe then, works with the police to help solve the mysteries of these murders that are happening all around Baltimore. I appreciated the film’s use of Poe’s poetry, story titles, and quotes from his bodies of work. My brother, who isn’t a “writer”, was so interested in the lines of poems that I ran upstairs to get my Complete Collection of Edgar Allen Poe. I loved that because any body of work or art should cause the audience to dig deeper and question something, anything. “The Raven” definitely did this, even for me. I wanted to go back and reread a Poe story and see it from a different angle based on the ending of the film. So for that, I say this movie was amazing. It helped my brother, the non fan, and myself, the fan, each gain (new) appreciation for the great Edgar Allen Poe.

Below, is my favorite poem by Poe. My favorite lines are in bold.

A Dream Within A Dream

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow-
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand-
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep- while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

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