Let’s hear the fanfare – Lizzy’s read a poem! Thanks to the wackiness of Jasper Fforde.
One of the questions on the reading group guide to the Eyre affair was: “Which sentence do you think is worse—death by a silver bullet to the heart or an eternity trapped in Poe’s “The Raven”? “ Completely unanswerable if you’re unfamiliar with the Poe’s ominous black bird.
A quick virtual trolley dash (because the book’s not available at my library) and I found myself in possession of a delightful edition, published by Dodo Press. (Serendipity at work here as all those familiar with Fforde’s pet dodos will understand.) In addition to a rather incomprehensible mid-C19th introduction (let’s hear it for 21st century plain English), there’s a series of a dozen dark gothic drawings, emphasising the ominous foreboding atmosphere.
Don’t ask me to comment on meter, cadence and other poetic subtleties – I need to work on my poetry appreciation skills. Regardless I was utterly transported by the strong narrative.
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.’
Read the remainder here.