Friday, 14 October 2016

QUOTH THE RAVEN..."NEVERMORE!"



One of my favourite poems is The RAVEN, and if you've never
heard BASIL RATHBONE's amazing rendition of it, click on this
link and listen to it after you've read and replied to this post.  Here's
an interesting take on this rhyming masterpiece, illustrated by RICH
CORBEN and first published in CREEPY #67, December 1974.  Got
a comment to make about it?  Let's have some fun - try and do it in
rhyme.  H'mm, that's got you thinking, hasn't it?  Go to it!

Here - I'll even start you off...

Once, within a blog post cheery,
Kid made many members leery,
by asking them to pen their answers
in rhyming style of days of yore.
"Rats" they said, "that's sure a toughie,
 our poetic prose is stuffy,
verse is weak, and meter fluffy,
and our brains are soft and sore."
"Please" I uttered, "don't be huffy,
let your aspirations soar -
'Tis a poem, nothing more."

(Yup, I'm tweaking it as we go along.)

See?  I'd never ask you to do something that I wouldn't be
prepared to do myself.  (Well, most of the time anyway.)








And below is the cover for all you completists.

14 comments:

Norman Boyd said...

The challenge is on
from Kid Robson
Thanks for the Raven.
I had to cave in
and read it straight 'way
and then enjoy my day
Carry on sharing
We know you are caring
Your blog is so fine
Read it all the time

Kid said...

Thank you, Norman, you're a good guy,
even 'though you're oft a tad shy,
but your comments always please me,
and they leave me wanting more.
Visit anytime it suits you,
jump in feet first, wear your boots too,
be they old, or e'en recruits new,
all my readers know the score.
And from Norman they want more.


Colin Jones said...

'Twas long ago in days of yore,
On The Simpsons I first saw,
The Raven in cartoon form,
A version that was not the norm.
This poem that was new to me,
Such a wondrous thing to see,
And so, fellow Crivites, I do implore,
Ignore this poem nevermore.

Kid said...

Never saw that version, CJ,
good or bad, don't know's what we say,
we'll take your word upon that score.
Funny thing, it strikes our fancy,
('though to say so's kind of chancy)
we think Bart is just a nancy,
his TV show a crashing bore...
but it's repeated evermore.

Andy Whitehall said...

Kid Robson is our master
He's almost like our Pastor
The things he shows us
Sure gives us a buzz
From babes to comics
It sure is a tonic
Thank you Sir
You make us purr

Kid said...

I have now been called the 'master',
my heart beats a little faster,
over such effusive flatt'ry
for the task I set before.
Suddenly I feel like rapping,
shouting, boasting, even clapping,
also cheering, with feet tapping,
tapping on my tufted floor.
Fulsome praise has set me flapping,
and I find that I want more.

Colin Jones said...

Kid, you missed that Simpsons tale,
I am aghast - I weep and wail,
Alas, you did miss all the fun,
From the Simpsons early run.
But poor Bart - you do him down,
So on his face there is a frown,
I must defend him from this wrong,
The Simpsons still are going strong.
(Bet you're sick of poems now...eh, Kid ?)

Kid said...

CJ, I missed that tale indeed,
but I am not consumed by need
to catch the Simpson's on TV,
too many other shows to see.
The Flintstones, Top Cat, Yogi Bear,
demand that I sit down and stare
at their adventures on the box,
on Bart and Co I call a pox!

(I can write this stuff all day, CJ.)

Andy Whitehall said...

Bart Simpson he is a brat
Yogi Bear was where it's at
And Fred and Wlma too
Even though they owned no shoe
The Jetsons too but back to Raven
This may seem to you as craven
But I never had read it before
So thank you I adore.

Kid said...

Young Bart has got a woman's voice,
and so for me it's not a choice.
Big Yogi Bear's the one for me,
'cos he's so good at poetry.
Glad to hear you like The Raven,
one day you might be a maven,
and know a lot about poor Poe -
but there's the door, I have to go.

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Funny you should call Bart Nancy
Nancy Cartwright is the voice of he!
That Simpsons version was the vert first
Time I ever The Raven heard
Worth watching just for the musical score
Come on, Kid - don't be a bore!


(Meanwhile, that Corben version... Intense!)

Kid said...

Funny - and deliberate, THB.
I am the wise one after all, you see.

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Always one step ahead... I should know better by now ;)

Kid said...

I thought the line 'Young Bart has got a woman's voice' in my comment above yours, might have been a tip-off, THB.

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