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by Edgar Allan Poe
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up–Price has pulled an old masterpiece out of the closet, dusted it off, and illustrated it, and left it gleaming sinisterly for this generation to devour. Cross-hatched, shadowy art, created through drypoint printmaking, proves an ideal medium through which to capture the man's torturous slide into madness, the haunting memory of Lenore, and the raven's chilling persistence. Nowhere is the poem's insane fear better captured than on the final spread. Left with Poe's one last word of despair, nevermore, readers encounter a drastically angular vision of the man crouched on his bedroom floor, surrounded by hastily drawn pencil sketches of the visions madly spinning in his head. Price's vision of The Raven not only haunts, but also brings Poe's work back to life. An ideal resource for teachers and students.–Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT
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Illustrations for poetry can sometimes overwhelm the verbal images and get in the way of the words, but in this small, handsome volume, Price's grim, sepia-tone stylized pictures, decorated with feathery, black cross-hatching, do a great job of evoking the brooding guilt, terror, grief, and love in Poe's famous poem. Using drypoint, Price, a fine artist and printmaker, blends contemporary details with images of the lost, radiant maiden and a terrifying black-beaked monster. As part of the Visions in Poetry series, this book will reacquaint older readers with the familiar chanting rhythms, while lengthy appended notes will spark discussion on both the poem and the art. Hazel Rochman
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Visions in Poetry is an exciting and unique series of classic poems illustrated by outstanding contemporary artists in stunning hardcover editions. The fifth book in the series, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," delves into the hidden horrors of the human psyche. Originally published in 1845, the poem is narrated by a melancholy scholar brooding over Lenore, a woman he loved who is now lost to him. One bleak December at midnight, a raven with fiery eyes visits the scholar and perches above his chamber door. Struggling to understand the meaning of the word his winged visitant repeats - "Nevermore!" - the narrator descends by stages into madness. Illustrator Ryan Price's exquisitely grim illustrations suggest a background story shaped by the narrator's guilt, embodied in the terrifying figure of the raven. Price's drypoint technique, with its rich blacks and feathery lines, perfectly captures the nightmarish atmosphere of this unforgettable poem.
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