Sarah's Stars

Edgar Allan Poe. The Raven
KCP Poetry $18.95  ISBN 978-1-55337-473-2  48 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 14

And the raven, never flitting,
still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas
just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming
of a demon that is dreaming,
And the lamplight oer him streaming
throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow
that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted --

This poem is amazing. But the illustrations by Ryan Price make the words all come together. The pictures cast dark shadows over every page. The sketches are elaborate and beautiful. They explain the poem and express the emotions that are hidden within every line of poetry. I thought that these illustrations in particular, added an extra punch to the writing. They made the feeling of The Raven all the more consuming.

The cover will catch you with its gloriously mysterious sketch, which is only an introduction for the rest of the book. This book will gather all your darkest emotions, giving the reader something to think about. Something to look back at, and read again; the pictures make the fantasy real. Sinister portraits and faces stare back at you, while giving you a good read.

Another from the Visions in Poetry series, I would recommend The Raven to ages 12 and up. It is good for all ages because it is so creative, and can be appreciated by every age.

This reviewer gives The Raven five ominous stars.


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