Poe's The Raven as a studio exec's lament

Torgo's parody of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven is a particularly well-done example of the genre, which has many entrants (it's the Harlem Shake of poetry!):

Turning back, I saw them seated; feeling injured and defeated
I approached and wanly greeted them: "Sylvester! Ms. Lenore!
I sincerely hope you're thriving - had I known you were arriving
I'd have sent out for reviving frappuccinos from the store;
Frappuccinos, danish pastries, and spring water from the store -
Next time, why not call before?"

The actor sat there, massive, with his craggy face impassive,
And it seemed that I'd established neither good will nor rapport.
The signs were not propitious; I thought it certainly suspicious
That he came in train with vicious, feared and cynical Lenore -
Still I leaned across the table and began to speak - "Lenore-"
Quoth the agent: "Rambo IV!"

Coming soon: RIMBAUD - FIRST BLOOD (via Making Light)


    1. *Hyperventilates* Oh lord I’m on BoingBoing! If I’d known I might have fished out my old login details and tidied the thing up a bit. Yeah, it’s a bit of a stretch, that one, but the rhyme scheme is a brute.

  1. Coincidentally, I just fished an elderly raven out of the pool about five minutes ago.

  2. Hey Cory, couldn’t take 30 seconds to make sure you spelled Edgar ALLAN Poe correctly?

    1. Oof. I think probably more my fault than Cory’s, sorry (I had it wrong in the original.)

  3. As much as I enjoyed this I’m really looking forward to the Rimbaud piece. After all David Morrell, who wrote First Blood, said he was inspired to create the character when his wife brought home some Rambo apples while he was reading Rimbaud’s poetry.

  4. For one terrifying moment there, having missed the date, I thought there was actually yet another Rambo movie coming out.  Then again, the lack of “Bullet to the Head” is also something of a giveaway.

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