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Then, methought, the air grew denser, perfumed from an unseen censer
Swung by Seraphim whose foot-falls tinkled on the tufted floor.
“Wretch,” I cried, “thy God hath lent thee—by these angels he hath sent thee
Respite—respite and nepenthe from thy memories of Lenore;
Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe and forget this lost Lenore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
- Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven
Entry for the Witches of East End: Edgar Allen Poe contest
The flow of The Raven is mesmerizing. You can feel the rhythm of the poem breathing in and out with each verse. Poe carries you from stagnation to longing to sorrow to speculation to frustrated rage as effortlessly as floating on the water and feeling the push and fall of every wave.
Lenore and the Raven exist only as they are presented and further reimagined by Poe. Instead of providing insight, Poe's narration and inconclusive speculations only further deepen their mystery. What is the connection between Lenore and the Raven? Was the Raven sent by Lenore? Is the bird some passerby from death's shore who happened upon her there? Or is the Raven the character of vindictiveness, whose physical materialization and singularity of phrase create the perfect, opaque projection for Poe to impale himself while torturing his own mind in craving to understand?
Considering the last, I wanted to explore the idea of the Raven as a personification of Lenore. Not vindictive perhaps in spirit, as it was in Poe's mind in refusing to let her go.
If you haven't watched the Witches of East End, I highly recommend it. It's a fun show with an amazing cast and wonderful storyline. Can't wait to see what they come up with for Poe.
Programs: Poser Pro 2014, Photoshop CC, Exposure 7
Figure: Alice Skin, bodymorphs and Yly face by Aeon Soul
Skin Mat: Porcelain - Zodiac - The Fire Signs by SaintFox, Digital-Lion & tabala
Clothing: Dark Apocalypse: Vermillion Dawn by IgnisSerpentus
Raven Skull: Harpy by ile-avalon
Hand Claws: The Lilithai Strigoia Outfit by SilverArk, Arki & Spiritfoxy
Wings: Raven Wings by Poisen
Background: Dreamlight Ultimate Skies II 100 High Rez Backgrounds by Dreamlight